Pu-Quà Chinese Porter

Pu-Quà. A Porter with (expensive) Fire-Wood. / Chinois, Portant du Bois à Brûler. Taking a rest at the pole on which he carries two large bundles over the shoulder. Colored stipple by J. Dadley (fl. before 1797 – after 1803). Inscribed: Pu-Quà, Cantòn, Delin. / Dadley, London, Sculpt. 10¼ × 8¾ in (26.1 × 22.2 cm).

According to Lipperheide Le 21 after-engraving about 1810 after Dadley’s print of 1799 (Lipperheide Le 17). – With explanation sheet in German-French parallel text.

“ À la Chine, les porte-faix sont si vigoureux qu’on les dit capables de porter cent cinquante livres … Ce sont eux qui transportent à la ville de Canton les caisses de thé, les balles de soie, les caisses de porcelaine, qui sont produit de provinces éloignées … Le bois à brûler est très-cher en Chine, mais les montagnes fournissent une grande abondance de charbon. ”

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