Showroom of a Lantern Merchant at Peking
Drawn by: Thomas Allom (1804 - 1872)
Engraved by: F. F. Walker
Printed by: The London Printing and Publishing Company Limited
46 x 46 CM
Allom drafted a wide variety of views of China, from the well-known sites and monuments, to scenes of silk cultivation, religious ceremonies and battles at sea. He based his drawings on the sketches of other eye-witnesses, but his scenes conveyed the romantic oriental imagery with great skill and attention to detail and composition. The studies were finely engraved on steel plates and published by Fischer and Son in 1843, entitled China in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture and Social Habits of that Ancient Empire for both the English and French Markets. He was a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. However, he is chiefly known for his numerous topographical works, which were used to illustrate books on travel.