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Cover of the catalogue A Time and A Place
A Time and A Place: Views and Perspectives on Chinese Export Art
October 2016

The 18th century saw the rise of ‘views and perspectives’ as a theme in European arts. The increasing popularity of this subject was not only influenced by the idea of the Picturesque, but also by a fashion for Antiquarianism. The appearance of ‘views and perspectives’ on Chinese works of art for Western markets was a direct result of this change in taste. Such scenes were painted for a variety of purposes, for family remembrance or status, a religious or political token, or simply as a souvenir.

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