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The Chinese silk manufactory representined in twelve copper plates [graphic].

[London] : Printed for Carngton Bowles in St. Paul's Church Yard, London, [between 1771 and 1785]
Physical Description:
12 prints : engravings ; plate marks 18 x 26 cm, on sheets 23 x 35 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2013 39
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Title from top margin of print 1.
"Book 2" of 31 sets of prints published by Carrington Bowles, 1771-1785. A contemporary advertisement for the series notes: "Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured. Printed for and sold by the proprietor Carrington Bowles, at his map and print warehouse, no. 69, St. Paul's Church Yard, London."
Bowles, C. Carington Bowles's new and enlarged catalogue of useful and accurate maps, charts, and plans. London, 1784, page 138
BAC: British Art Center copy unbound, in contemporary (?) brown paper wrappers. Uncolored. Housed with the 30 other sets of prints in this series. With the printed advertisement (1 sheet) listing the 31 sets.
Subject Terms:
China -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800.
Sericulture -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Silk -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Silk manufacture -- China -- Pictorial works.
Silkworms -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1771-1785.
Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, publisher.
IIIF Manifest:

  • 1. The silk worms gathered and carried into the house
  • 2. A woman disposing the silk worms in proper order
  • 3. The gathering of mulberry leaves to feed the silk worms
  • 4. The daily practice of giving the silk worms fresh leaves
  • 5. The manner of cleaning the ozier hurdles that hold the leaves
  • 6. The method of taking the silk worm bags from the whisk
  • 7. The Chinese method of winding the silk off the bags in warm water
  • 8. The Chinese practice of winding four silk threads at once
  • 9. The Chinese at of twisting silk threads
  • 10. The Chinese method of putting the silk warp into the looms
  • 11. A Chinese silk weaver at work in his loom
  • 12. Flower'd silks wove by two women in China.

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