Until the 1790s, British attempts to establish direct contact with China had only served to increase the Chinese government's resistance to trade with the outside world. In 1792, Lord Macartney, a seasoned diplomat, was chosen to lead an Embassy.
View of one of the Western Gates
of the City of Peking.
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This website contains images from the following books in English and French relating to Macartney's visit:
- William Alexander. The Costume of China. 1805. BL Pressmark 142.f.16
- William Alexander. Picturesque Representations. 1814. BL Pressmark 7744.gg.1
- Aeneas Anderson. A Narrative of a Voyage to China. 1795. BL Pressmark 146.f.12
- John Barrow. Life of Macartney. Vol.II. 1807. BL Pressmark G1972
- John Barrow. Travels in China. 1804. BL Pressmark 146.e.21
- Samuel Holmes. Voyage. 1798. BL Pressmark G2723
- Johannes Huttner. Voyage a la Chine. 1799. BL Pressmark 1049.a.21
- William Jardine Proudfoot. A Biography of James Dinwiddie. 1868. BL Pressmark 10825.aaa.8
- Sir George Staunton. An Authentic Account of an Embassy. 1797. BL Pressmark 787.l.47