This oil painting of the East Indiaman 'Asia' belonged to Thomas Gardiner, who had been purser when she sailed to Madras, Bengal and China in 1831-1832. The ship was built in 1811 and is shown off Hong Kong between 1831 and 1832, towards the end of her career. The artist has depicted her in starboard broadside, flying the red ensign and distinguishing flags. Chinese junks have been shown to left and right of her, with more European shipping in the right distance depicted in front of an island.
William John Huggins
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