March 07, 2019 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
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British Jack Tars and Sepoys in China, 1870, Watercolor

Watercolor, 10 x 12.5 in. (sight), framed, 11.5 x 14 in. Signed lower left, "Holt, 1870." Finely done watercolor portraying the Chinese territory concession to Britain, representing sepoys and "Jack Tars," a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. They face the ceremony, watch their officers and Chinese men meeting amicably with a handshake. However, two of the Englishmen in the foreground are not at attention, but in stead look with hostility at the barefooted sepoys, soldiers from India of Her Majesty Victoria. A crowd of Chinese people and coastal China are visible in the background. 

Provenance:Property from the Inventory of Rex Stark

Condition:

Few minor spots, even toning to watercolor. Attractive work of art with rich reds and blues. 

Estimate: $100 - $150
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$228
03/07/2019

 

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