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Poster for a Chinese exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Hall

Poster for a Chinese exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Hall

Printer: Burns, Thomas

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1894

Shelfmark: Evan.966

Item number: 966

Genre: Poster

Britain's trade with China and the Far East developed dramatically during the 19th century, and consequently commodities such as silk and tea became available in Britain for the first time. Towards the end of the century, it became fashionable among the middle and upper classes to have Chinese vases or ornaments on theirmantlepieces. At the same time thetechniques, styles and ideas of Chinese craftsman were quickly copied in Britain.

This trend for 'Chinoiserie' spread to gardening. Small bridges, exotic plants and garden ornaments were introduced to the grounds of large estates, often after being displayed in exhibitions such as the one advertised on this poster.

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