Title: Opium Ships at Lintin in China, 1824, by William Huggins.
Description: The East India Company sold opium grown in Bengal to China in exchange for Chinese tea and porcelain. After others became involved in opium exports after 1833, the trade eventually led to the Opium Wars between China and Britain in the 1840s and 1850s.
Creator: William Huggins (artist); Duncan Edward (engraver)
Credit line: National Maritime Museum