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ANNA DIXON off Hong Kong

Date: 1859
Overall (Framed): 650 x 810 x 100 mm, 6700 g
Medium: Oil on canvas on board with gilt frame
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00044537
Related Place:Hong Kong,

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    During the 19th century many unknown Chinese artists were commissioned by western merchants to paint ships, known as China Trade paintings. This painting depicts the broadside view of the Australian owned brig ANNA DIXON off the coast of Hong Kong. It is surrounded by a French warship, a British warship and an American paddle steamer.
    SignificanceThis painting is representative of ship portraits commissioned by western merchants and sea captains to Chinese trade artists in the 19th century. It also is indicative of the high level of foreign merchant activity in Hong Kong during the period, specifically Australian colonial foreign trade.
    HistoryANNA DIXON was an Australian-owned ship that was active in foreign ports during the mid 19th century. ANNA DIXON was a 188 tons ship built in England in 1851 and brought to Adelaide where it was registered from 1853 and passed through two subsequent owners. It was operated both in coastal trade and on trading voyages to Mauritius for sugar cargoes. In 1859 it was owned by Adelaide merchant John Finlay Duff, and made a voyage to China returning with a cargo of tea, under the command of Thomas Wellsman, a master mariner who settled in Adelaide. This was his last command. The painting was presented to him on his retirement from the owner's company.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: A China Trade painting, 'The Brig Anna Dixon off Hong Kong', about 1859.

    Web title: ANNA DIXON off Hong Kong

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