The view is looking across the river at the foreign factories from the island of Honam. The 'Spark' was owned by the American firm of Russell and Co. and was one of the first steam ships in regular service between Hong Kong and Canton.
Title: View of the waterfront at Canton with the paddle steamer 'Spark'
Creator: Tingqua studio (Guan Lianchang (fl. 1840-1870)