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Auction 179, Lot 826


"Chinese Emigration to America: Sketch on Board the Steam-Ship Alaska, Bound for San Francisco",

Subject: Prints - Chinese Immigration, San Francisco

Period: 1876 (published)

Publication: The Illustrated London News

Color: Black & White

19.8 x 13.4 inches
50.3 x 34 cm

This engraving depicts Chinese emigrants in close quarters below decks of a steamship on their way to San Francisco. It appeared in the April 29, 1876 issue of The Illustrated London News. From the beginning of the California Gold Rush until the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, more than 300,000 Chinese emigrants arrived in the United States, facing racial discrimination as they labored in gold mining, railroad construction, agriculture, and other fields. The engraving also appeared in The Graphic and across the Atlantic in Harper's Weekly.


Condition: A

A fine impression on a bright sheet with a few minuscule binding holes along the centerfold and centerfold separations in the top and bottom blank margins that have been closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $50 - $70

Sold for: $36

Closed on 9/16/2020