The Rio Pasig at Pandacan, Manila, Philippines

The Rio Pasig at Pandacan, Manila Philippines is one of a pair of miniature paintings on ivory showing scenes of ports involved in the China trade. This work is a rare example of an image of Manila, which is paired with a more common view of the Praya Grande at Macau. This delicately painted work is a 19th century view of the Pasig River at Pandacan (Manila). It provides a good example of the meticulous style of the Cantonese export painters of the 19th century. In the first two decades of the nineteenth century, Chinese “export painters” based in Canton began to represent foreign ports involved in the China trade, including those outside of China. These were sometimes painted as miniatures on metal or ivory. Some known examples include images of Penang and Singapore.

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