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ANONYMOUS - Iles Pescadores .
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Iles Pescadores . - ANONYMOUS
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Title : Iles Pescadores ..
Map maker : ANONYMOUS.
Date : Kilung [Jilong], Mai 1885.
Size : 9.3 x 12.4 inches. / 23.7 x 31.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.
Description :Very interesting water colour most probably made in Ki-lung (Jilong in northern Taiwan) by a French eye-witness during the short time France occupied the Pescadores and Formosa.
Depiction of a town and harbour, the bay is filled with French vessels and all are named: Volga, Destaing, Bayard, Atalante, and Volta. In the background Fort blindé".
Underneath in brown ink: Mouillage d'une partie de l'escadre de l'amiral Courbet.
Iles Pescadores (Chine) - Kelung Mai 1885.
In the mountains are the positions of the Chinese troops indicated. -Chinois-
During the Chinese-French War of 1884-1885 Admiral Courbet was in charge of the French. He bombarded Ki-lung in northern Formosa, and the town was captured (1 Oct., 1884): the Pescadores were taken (29 March, 1885): finally the Billot-Campbell peace protocol, signed in Paris (4 April, 1885), and was followed by a treaty signed at T'ien-tsin (9 June, 1885) by Patenôtre, minister, a commercial convention (T'ien-tsin, 25 April, 1886) by Cogoirdan, minister, and an additional convention (26 June, 1887).
Admiral Courbet died one year later on the Pescadores Islands.
Historical document of great importance.
Condition : Pen and ink with watercolour on paper. Very good condition. Framed in a 19th century frame.
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