Album leaf painted with a domestic scene depicting an accountant seated in front of a desk, on which are an account book, abacus, inkstone, brush-pot and brush-stand. Behind him is a chest filled with silver ingots. Two male and two female figures standing on the right, while two female figures stand on the left and an elderly lady is seated in a horse-shoe armchair. Watercolour and ink on pith. Artist unknown.

From an album entitled ‘A Chinese Mandarin, Life from the Cradle to the Grave’, brought from Shanghai by Capt. Geo. F. Thomas, of the China Tea Clipper ‘Omba’, which docked at Dover in 1866.

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