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Title: Hong Kong Races, 1876 - A Sketch in the Crowd Cartographer: The Graphic, Year: 1876 (Age: 139 years old) M DCCC LXX VI Condition: Fine Type: Woodblock Colour: Contemporary Hand Coloured Area Shown: Hong Kong Engraved Area: 18.5 x 14.25 inches /47 x 36.2 cm Framed dimensions: 32.5 x 28.25 inches /82.6 x 71.8 cm Item info: Large Double page engraving from the Graphic, Hong Kong Races 1876. From the Original Description: This years meeting, which was held on three of the latter days of February, was a decided success and seldom does it fall to the lot of a wandering Englishman to see a colonial meeting better attended. The accompanying sketch is taken opposite the grandstand, the course running between that edifice and the crowd. Any newcomer will find the mixture of nationalities and the variety and novelty of amusements very interesting. The game depicted in the centre of the sketch is very simple, and at the same time very profitable for the proprietor. A small and fine sieve is tilted up at an angle of 45 degrees by three small sticks, the players then endeavour to drop a small coin into this so that it shall not bound out again, in the latter case the proprietor pockets the coin, bit if it remains in the sieve the player is paid in oranges and the proprietor again pockets the coin. As the chances are about 20 to 1 against it remaining in the sieve a heap of spoils is generally collected by the owner. On the left of the sketch is a glimpse of the favorite game of shuttlecock played with the feet, at which the Chinese are so wonderfully expert, a circle is formed and the shuttlecock being thrown up is played from one to another with the sides of the feet. The Sikh police are also represented in the sketch, many of them are remarkable for their stature, but more particularly for the picturesque headdress which they arrange so gracefully. We have also endeavoured to depict the British officer and private, the irrepressible blue-jacket, the lascar artilleryman and a number of types of Chinese. Cartographer info: The Graphic, Woodblock Engraving. The Graphic was a leading news service of the day, similar to the ILN but with a smaller circulation. It provided its readers with the finest illustrated commentary at the time on British and world events.