Watercolors with gum-arabic on Chinese paper.
These watercolors came to America with James Biddle (1783 - 1884) who was an officer on a merchant ship that traveled to China in 1807. It is a family lore that he purchased the watercolor on that voyage. The Biddle family married into the family of Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745 - 1813), a Philadelphia doctor and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Provenance: James Biddle; by descent through the family of Benjamin Rush; S. Merchant & Son, London. Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed. These watercolors descended through the Rush family.