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Photo, Print, Drawing Fangliao zhi zhan 枋寮之戰

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  • Fangliao zhi zhan

Other Title

  • 枋寮之戰

Translated Title

  • Battle at Fangliao


  • The "Battle Copper Prints" are a series of prints from copper engravings dating from the second half of the 18th century. They were commissioned by the Qianlong emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644--1911), who ruled from 1735 to 1796. They depict his military campaigns in China's inner provinces and along the country's frontiers. The master illustrations for the engravings were large paintings done by European missionary artists employed at that time at the court in Beijing. These artists were Italian Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione (1688--1766), French Jesuit Jean-Denis Attiret (1702--68), Bohemian Jesuit Ignatius Sichelbarth (1708--80), and the Italian Augustinian missionary, Jean-Damascène Sallusti (d. 1781). The engravings of the first set of 16 paintings were not produced in China but were executed in Paris, at that time home to the best European artisans working in this technique. The emperor even decreed that the work emulate the style of the Augsburg copper engraver Georg Philipp Rugendas the Elder (1666--1742), whose work he knew. Small-scale copies of the paintings by Castiglione and his Beijing colleagues were sent to Paris to be transferred on to copperplates, printed, and then sent back to China, along with the plates and prints. Later sets of engravings were executed in Peking by Chinese apprentices of the Jesuits and differ markedly in style and elaborateness from those of the Paris series. Qianlong's battle copper prints were just one of the means the Manchu emperor employed to document his campaigns of military expansion and suppression of regional unrest. They served to glorify his rule and to exert ideological control over Chinese historiography. In the history of Chinese art, copper-print engraving remained an episode. Seen in their political context, the Qianlong prints represent a distinct and exceptional pictorial genre and are telling examples of the self-dramatization of imperial state power. The East Asia Department of the Berlin State Library holds a set of five series with a total of 64 prints. This is one of 12 prints depicting the campaign against Taiwan of 1787--88, in which Chinese troops led by General Fukang'an defeated an armed insurrection in Taiwan against the Qing government.

Created / Published

  • Beijing, China : The Chinese Imperial Court, [1787 to 1788]


  • -  China--Taiwan
  • -  1787 to 1788
  • -  Battles
  • -  Military operations, Naval
  • -  Qing dynasty, 1644-1911


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 50.2 centimeters high and 86.6 centimeters wide; copper plate prints.
  • -  Original resource at: Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Paintings of the Victorious Pacification of Taiwan

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021668826

Online Format

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  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Fangliao Zhi Zhan. China Taiwan, 1787. [Beijing, China: The Chinese Imperial Court, to 1788] Photograph.

APA citation style:

(1787) Fangliao Zhi Zhan. China Taiwan, 1787. [Beijing, China: The Chinese Imperial Court, to 1788] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Fangliao Zhi Zhan. [Beijing, China: The Chinese Imperial Court, to 1788] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.