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The Conquests of the Emperor Qianlong: The Victory of Khorgos ("La Victoire de Khorgos") 1774
CRE LE BAS, Jacques-Philippe; (French; 1707-1783) PRINT Cochin, Charles-Nicolas; (French; 1715-1790) DES ATTIRET, Claude-Francois; (French; 1728-1804)
ink on paper
56.7 x 92.7
s. on plate b. r. "Grave par J P LeBas Graveur du Cabinet du Roi en 1774"; inscr on plate b. c. "C. N. Cochin Filius direxit"; inscr on plate b. l. "Joan dien Attinet Soc. JESU fecit 1766"
This is no. 4 in a series of 16 prints representing the conquests of the emperor Qianlong (1736-1796).
After seeing battle prints by the German painter Rugendas (1666-1742), the emperor Qialong decided to celebrate his own victories through prints, and asked the missionary painters working in Pekin, Castoglione, Attiret, Damascene and Sickelpart, to prepare drawings celebrating his military campaign in Upper Asia from 1755 to 1759.
The 16 drawings were then sent to France, where they arrived in 1766, and were engraved under the supervision of Charles-Nicolas Cochin. This series is a remarquable exemple of fusion between european and asiatique aesthetic. Complete sets are very rare.
CAMP : CONQUEST : CHINA : QIANLONG : BATTLE : CAMEL : CHARGE :