Fish by Reeves

Artist unknown [John Reeves (1774-1856) Collection]
Common Carp (Cyprinus hybiscoides), c.1828-1830.
Watercolour on paper, 255 x 351 mm.

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, expanding trade links between China and the West encouraged a great interest in Chinese culture and natural history.

John Reeves, an English tea inspector, used his time in China to develop a phenomenal collection of Chinese drawings of plants and animals. This art collection did much to reveal the wonderful and colourful world of Chinese natural history to fascinated naturalists in the West.

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