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On loan from the Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts, gift of the Estate of Mr. Harry T. Peters, Jr.
Unidentified Chinese artist
Canton, China
Gouache on paper
early 19th century
[E81595]

Paintings that show Western and Chinese merchants engaged in business transactions are unusual. This scene of the interior of a tea warehouse also features Chinese workmen packing tea into crates. It may have once been the final gouache in a series of views showing all of the processes of tea production.