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  • On 22 October 1793, Alexander noted in his journal, "At noon we passed the Pagoda of Linsing of 9 stories, about 120 ft. in height. Tis a striking object being detached from any town and stands about 20 yards from the waters edge" (Legouix and Conner, 1981, p. 36). The pagoda at Lin-Ching-Shih stood at the point where the Eu-Ho River intersects with the Grand Canal. Alexander saw and sketched it from the junk in which he traveled up the Eu-Ho and along the entire length of the Grand Canal, from Beijing to Hangchow. Although he had little opportunity for excursions beyond the riverbanks, the month-long voyage provided him with plentiful opportunity to observe waterside life. Alexander made a number of drawings of the Chinese people who gathered to watch the Europeans passing and used these sketches to populate his finished watercolors. This watercolor is one of five versions of the scene that Alexander produced on his return to England and may be the one that was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1796 under the title "Pagoda near Lin-tchin-four" (no. 690). A view of the pagoda, along with several dozen other views by Alexander, was engraved as an illustration to Sir George Staunton's official account of the voyage in 1797.
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  • On 22 October 1793, Alexander noted in his journal, "At noon we passed the Pagoda of Linsing of 9 stories, about 120 ft. in height. Tis a striking object being detached from any town and stands about 20 yards from the waters edge" (Legouix and Conner, 1981, p. 36). The pagoda at Lin-Ching-Shih stood at the point where the Eu-Ho River intersects with the Grand Canal. Alexander saw and sketched it from the junk in which he traveled up the Eu-Ho and along the entire length of the Grand Canal, from Beijing to Hangchow. Although he had little opportunity for excursions beyond the riverbanks, the month-long voyage provided him with plentiful opportunity to observe waterside life. Alexander made a number of drawings of the Chinese people who gathered to watch the Europeans passing and used these sketches to populate his finished watercolors. This watercolor is one of five versions of the scene that Alexander produced on his return to England and may be the one that was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1796 under the title "Pagoda near Lin-tchin-four" (no. 690). A view of the pagoda, along with several dozen other views by Alexander, was engraved as an illustration to Sir George Staunton's official account of the voyage in 1797.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 279, no. 80, pl. 80, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: William Alexander, William Alexander, An English artist in imperial China, Brighton Borough Council, Brighton, 1981, p. 36, no. 19, NJ18 AL377 C65 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 28.6cm
  • Dimension width :: 44.5cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 7, A-10
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: Chinese architecture
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: canal
  • Subject Concept :: children
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: gesture
  • Subject Concept :: hats
  • Subject Concept :: junks
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: mountains
  • Subject Concept :: pagoda
  • Subject Concept :: pavilions
  • Subject Concept :: pipe (smoking equipment)
  • Subject Concept :: pointing
  • Subject Concept :: sampans
  • Subject Concept :: ships
  • Subject Concept :: smoking
  • Subject Concept :: tools
  • Subject Concept :: village
  • Subject Concept :: walking
  • Subject Concept :: women
  • Subject Place :: Asia
  • Subject Place :: China
  • Subject Place :: Grand Canal
  • Subject Place :: Shandong
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • City of Lin Tsin, Shantung, with a View of the Grand Canal
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