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[RAS 05.001] The Approach of the Emperor of China to his Tent in Tartary to receive the British Ambassador


[RAS 05.001] ‘The Approach of the Emperor of China to his Tent in Tartary to receive the British Ambassador’
The watercolour depicts an event which took place on 14 September 1793, when the Qianlong Emperor met the British ambassador Lord Macartney.
Presented 1 March 1856 by Sir George Thomas Staunton, who as a child joined his father Sir George Leonard Staunton on the Macartney Embassy in 1792-3. The young Staunton can be seen in the lower right corner holding Macartney’s train.
Watercolour: 56 x 79 cm.
By William Alexander, 1799. Inscribed: W. Alexander f. 1799.

[RAS 05.001] The Approach of the Emperor of China to his Tent in Tartary to receive the British Ambassador