Chinese convoy, 1774-1781.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814), showing the litter of an important person being carried by servants. A figure in the foreground is posibly picking up coins thrown from the litter. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.