• Museum Collections



The application of pigment to a surface has long been the way for artists to express themselves, giving a contemporary account of the times they live in, communicating ideas, recording scenes or simply conveying something beautiful.  

A closer look at the detail in the paintings, particularly those on the China Trade era, will reveal the subtleties of artists in depicting a world of symbols, intrigue, themes and metaphors.  

There is more than meets the eye in these artistic works and it is most rewarding to discover the meanings behind the scenes.

The Museum's collection of China Trade paintings is perhaps the finest of its kind in Asia.