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Guided Exhibition Tour Fine 19th Century Views of Hong Kong

Jonathan Wattis
Thursday, 6 Jun 2024
Drinks reception and meet the speaker from 5:30 pm; Gallery Tour and Talk at 6 pm
Wattis Fine Art Gallery. 20 Hollywood Road, 2/F, Central

In a stunning display of 19th century images of Hong Kong, Jonathan Wattis shows a selection of interesting maps and paintings of areas of Hong Kong.

Included are a view of Waterfall Bay 1818, an engraving by Thomas Fielding after a sketch by William Havell, often regarded as the earliest view of Hong Kong.  This is from a "Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China...in the Years 1816 and 1817".

Jonathan also shows the famous view of Hong Kong by Auguste Borget, who visited Kowloon on 27 August 1838, possibly for a picnic, and spent some time sketching.  The view looking south to Hong Kong Island is important and was published as a lithograph in 1842, which was copied many times in the 1840s in Britain and Europe - the most copied view of Hong Kong in the 1840s. 

The exhibition includes an original drawing done by Borget from the same day and several other delightful views of early Hong Kong. 

Originally from the United Kingdom, Jonathan Wattis first set up his business in Hong Kong in 1986 having gained experience from working in the international art and antique market at Christie’s in London.  He deals in and is an expert in antique prints, photographs, 19th and 20th century paintings, maps and books of East Asia.  His speciality is early views of Hong Kong, Macau, Canton and the Pearl River.  Jonathan researches, collects antiques and holds regular exhibitions focusing on the historical development of cities and countries of the Far East.

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to
Wattis Fine Art.

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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