Designs influenced by Chinese and Indian art and architecture were extremely popular in the early 19th century. The renewed interest in the East was stimulated by objects imported from Asia and by newly-published books on India and China. The scenes illustrated in these volumes provided British designers and manufacturers with fresh sources of inspiration.
Watercolour and bodycolour over preliminary pencil
Museum no. E.823-1981
John & Richard Riley
Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze blue
Museum no. C.90-1969
The scene on this meat dish is based on a combination of two prints from Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery', published in four volumes between 1795 and 1809.
Near Midnapore, Bengal
Museum no. P.51-1928