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

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.