Collection

Fishmonger

Pu-Qua

  • Fishmonger 2
Basic information
ID
Г-IV-5531/19
Author
Pu-Qua
Name
Fishmonger
Date of creation
late 17th – early 18th c.
Country
China
Culture
Far East
Technique
etching watercolor embossing
Material
Indian ink paper
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
29.3 x 24.4
Information about author
Author
Pu-Qua
Artist's lifetime
1494–1552
Biography
Chinese artist
Object description
A man sits barefoot, wearing a blue sleeveless shirt and short knee-length brown trousers. The man's head is shaved bald, thin strands of hair emerge from the top of his head, wrapping around it. With a broad knife, he slices the fish, lying on a round straw tray. Behind the man, two low wooden barrels of fish stand on top of each other. The etching comes from the album "Customs and National Costumes of the Chinese," which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German and some in French. In the 18th century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created these paintings for Europeans eager to learn more about China and its people.
Inscriptions
In the lower left corner there is a calligraphic inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin." made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley.London.Sculpt". In the top right corner – number "17".