Watercolour illustrations of Chinese punishments

Scope and Content

Separately mounted, watercolour illustrations on Chinese paper. Each illustration depicts a different punishment or method of torture, including executions by strangulation and beheading. Painted in Canton. Undated [note: painting of decapitated head in bamboo basket includes Chinese inscription within the illustration giving the Chinese date of 7th year of the Qianqing period (Qing dynasty) - 1802].

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Related Material

Similar sets of illustrations are held by the British Library.