12 Nov 2016
Cantonese shops in the 1820s - an illustrated shopping spree
Dr. Patrick Conner
Director of the Martyn Gregory Gallery, London
Pastries, clocks, medicines, hats, paintings, and teas – not to mention porcelain, lacquerware, silks and tobacco - all could be found in two narrow streets in Canton’s international settlement; while a third, Hog Lane, specialised in cheap liquor and souvenirs for the visiting sailors. Their shops can now be explored and illustrated by vivid and highly-detailed Cantonese export paintings.