We are pleased to announce that we have published images of ‘Twenty views of the European Palaces in the Garden of Perfect Brightness’ into our online image collection. ‘Twenty views’ is a set of 20 prints commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor in the 1760s. The European Palaces were designed and built by French Jesuits in the early-mid 18th century and 100 copies of the “twenty views” were printed in Paris. The palaces themselves were destroyed during the Second Opium War in 1860. The album includes an additional coloured print at the front of the album (pictured below).
The Centre for Chinese Studies in collaboration with The University of Manchester Library’s Digitisation Strategy have made possible the digitisation of this album.