290294 Lot of 8 handmade rice paper sheets with Chinese text & portrays of famous men: Bismarck (in full), Camillo Cavour (bust), Peter the Great (in full), Oliver Cromwell on horseback, Napoleon I (in full), George Washington (in full), Christopher Columbus (framed bust) & the Japanese Samurai Xixiang Longcheng (in full with a dog). Woodcut, printed in red or brown, blue, green or purple). Back: Plain. 242x164 mm. c1890.
The sheets are made of very thin paper (the letter should be written over the picture). They all have English captions under the portrays (the samurai excepted) & are loose in a file with the following French inscription: [...] This paper was brought to Europe by Mr Lun [?]. After his death, it was given to me by Liao Son Kao on October 19, 1909. Translations of the Chinese texts are joined. The sheets will also be sold separately at the price of 76 US$ . As new.