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University of Bristol
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China, Chinese history, Opium War, Opium Wars, Canton, Chinese garden, Chinese export art, Hong merchant,
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About Me

I am an Art Historian specialised in China between the early modern and modern period. My strongest expertise touches upon the history of Chinese gardens and that of Sino-Western interactions under the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). I received a PhD in Landscape History at the University of Sheffield, an MA in Art History from Paris IV Sorbonne University and an MA in Advanced Chinese Studies from Leeds University. Recently I am combining history of art and science by researching botanically accurate paintings of Chinese plants commissioned by British trader John Bradby Blake in late 18th century Canton, China. This new project is undertaken as the Oak Spring Garden Foundation fellow at the University of Bristol. My twitter handle is @GardensOfChina.

Recent Publications
Richard, Josepha, and Jan Woudstra. “‘Thoroughly Chinese’: Revealing the Plants of the Hong Merchants’ Gardens Through John Bradby Blake’s Paintings.” Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 34, no. 4 (December 1, 2017): 475–97.
Richard, Josepha. “This Little Paradise.” Historic Gardens Review, no. 37 (2018): 34–37.
Richard, Josepha. “Are Chinese-Style Gardens Built Outside China a Form of ‘Soft Power’?” China Policy Institute: Analysis (blog), October 6, 2016.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5
Expertise by Topic
Local & Regional, Politics, Art