This detailed picture is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1854 in "The Illustrated London News". It shows a birdseye view of Hong Kong from the Harbour and a portrait of Sir John Bowing - at the time Governor of Hong-Kong. At that time Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842. In the 1850s, a large number of Chinese refugees crossed the open border fleeing from the Taiping Rebellion. Other natural disasters, such as flooding, typhoons, and famine in mainland China would play a role in establishing Hong Kong as a place for safe shelter at the time the engraving was made. The reverse side of the engraving is a page of the "The Illustrated London News" of Februrary 18th 1854. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
Published : London, England 1854
Size : circa 10 1/2 x 16 inches
Condition: Very good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures
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