Lot 182 (Books & Works on Paper including Autographs & Memorabilia, 31st March 2020)
Castiglione (Giuseppe, after)
Twelve plates from Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan, wove paper with deckle edges, image 510 x 880mm, later issue after the originals published 1783-1786 (12)
***The original etchings were created for the Qianlong Emperor by Castiglione, in his position as the Jesuit missionary to the Chinese court. They depict the European Palaces (Xiyanglou 西洋樓) of the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanmingyuan 圓明園), constructed from 1737-1766.