• Portrait of a Chinese Mandarin -

    signed with initials lower right
    watercolour over pencil
    37 by 23.2cm., 14 1/2 by 9 inches

    Alexander accompanied George, 1st Lord Macartney (1737-1806) on his Embassy to China which left England in 1792 and reached Beijing in 1793. Macartney met Emperor Quianlong but failed to acheive the goals of the Embassy. Alexander was employed as the official artist for the journey and his watercolours were used to illustrate Sir George Staunton's account of it published in 1797.

    This watercolour shows a mandarin or officer of state dressed in their traditional garb of a thick silk coat over an embroidered petticoat with thick quilted boots. The embroidered breastplate of a lion denotes him as a military mandarin. He is wearing a chain probably made of coral or possibly agate or coloured glass. The small globe on top of his cap marks the degree of the mandarin's rank with red coral being the highest and brass the lowest
  • A Country Church -

    grey washes over pencil on laid paper

    watermarked: EDMEADS & PINE/1804, with collector?s mark verso

    29.1 by 20.3cm., 11 1/2 by 8 inches



    Bruce Ingram


    Alexander is best known for his views of China drawn on Macartney?s Embassy there in 1792 but he also produced wash drawings of English views like the present work.
  • Part of the St Augustine?s Abbey, Canterbury -

    Inscribed verso: Alexander/Part of S.t Augustines Abbey/Canterbury

    Watercolour and pencil

    19.6 by 26.9 cm., 7  by 10  inches


    By the time Alexander painted this view of St Augustine's Abbey, it had fallen into complete disrepair. The abbey was originally converted into a palace for Anne of Cleves in 1539. The house pictured was pulled down in 1845 to make way for St Augustine?s Missionary College. It is now the site of the library for King?s School who took over the college in 1975.

  • View near Tientsin on the Peiho River, China -

    Signed with initials lower right

    Watercolour over pencil on laid paper

    23.9 by 38.3 cm., 9 1/4 by 15 inches



    Private Collection, Portugal

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