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China, Active Late 19th Century

A view of Hong Kong harbor.

Numerous Western countries' flags are visible on vessels in the harbor in this composition. Signed on a wood piece attached to the frame "Yo Shen" in Chinese.
Oil on canvas. 12.5" x 28.5". Framed.

  • Provenance:
    J.J. Dealing, Inc., Maine, by repute.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    Hong Kong effectively became a British colony in January 1841, when Captain Charles Eliot and his warships exacted an agreement stating Hong Kong Island would be yielded to Britain. Despite the Emperor's rejection of this agreement, the cession was ratified in August 1842 by the Treaty of Nanking. Within the span of a year, the shore became a sizable town. Britain later gained the adjacent peninsula of Kowloon in 1869 and obtained a 99-year lease on the New Territories in 1898.

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