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Inscription

by artist, upper right in pencil: This box filled with a powdered lime to be also on the table (accompanied by small pencil drawing of a box).; by unknown hand on mat: A man selling betel. / The additional box sketched in in the drawing has been included; by unknown hand on mat, lower right in pencil: [L?] 12.

Provenance

(P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., London). Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, 2008; gift to NGA, 2009.

Exhibition History
1974
British Drawings and Watercolors: A Selection from the J.F. McCrindle Collection. The William Benton Museum of Art, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1974, no 16.
2012
The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2012, 106-107, no. 42 (entry by Stacey Sell).
Bibliography
1980
Legouix, Susan. Image of China: William Alexander. Jupiter Books, London, 1980: 46 (under no. 23).