The Chinese Junk “KEYING” Capt. Kellett As she appeared in New York Harbor July 13th 1847, 212 days from Canton., Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Ship facing to right, American flag left, Chinese kite and flag center, yellow flag right. Two people standing far left on deck.

The Chinese junk, Keying, sailed from China around the Cape of Good Hope to the United States and England between 1846 and 1848. Though the ship’s captain did not plan to stop in New York City, he found himself off-course and eventually anchored in Battery Park, a resort for racing, sports, ice-skating and fashion. The ship remained for nine days in New York and over 7000 people a day paid 25 cents each to board the boat to examine the beautifully decorated cabins made of India teak wood and to observe the crew. Currier & Ives celebrated the arrival of the first Chinese ship to the United States with this print and made certain to include the Chinese decorative details of silk banners and flags as well as the unusual construction of the ship.

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
15 5/8 x 11 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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