- Size: 29.5 (L) x 23 (W) cm
- Binding: paperback, 548 pages (Vol I) & 312 pages (Vol II)
- Language: English, Chinese
- Authors: Libby Lai Pik Chan and Lina Lai Na Wan
- Publisher: Hong Kong Maritime Museum Limited, 2018
The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900 exhibition catalogue provides invaluable and informative insights into the early Sino-American history of trade, economy, culture and art. The catalogue is divided into two volumes.
Volume One includes about 250 exhibits entries contributed by HKMM curatorial team, Curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Senior Curator of Winterthur Museum, Senior Director of Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Chief Curator of Independence Seaport Museum, Senior Curator of The Kelton Foundation, Director of Martyn Gregory Gallery, Director of Heirloom & Howard, Manager of History & Art of HSBC Archives, and a number of knowledgeable local and U.S.-based scholars and collectors.
Volume Two collects twelve academic essays which can be generally summarized into three categories: Essays exploring the origin and development of the early Sino-American trade from multiple perspectives are contributed by Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial & Collections) of HKMM, Dane Morrison, Professor of Salem State University, Jonathan Goldstein, Professor of East Asian History at the University of West Georgia, Paul A. Van Dyke, Professor of history at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Frederic D. Grant, Jr., expert of business and legal history of trade, as well as Nancy Davis, expert of Sino-American trade and women’s history; Essays revealing the material culture of the Sino-U.S. trade demonstrated through Chinese export artefacts, such as paintings and porcelains, are contributed by independent curator William R. Sargent, Patrick Conner, Director of Martyn Gregory Gallery, John D. Wong, Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong, and Angela Howard, Director of Heirloom & Howard; While the rest essays contributed by Ann Uppington, expert of landscape and garden, and Fung Kam Wing, Research Fellow of HKU-Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation, illustrates cultural aspects along the trade through garden construction, printing technology and missionary business respectively.