'Paper Hunt at Shanghai' signed, inscribed and dated 'Paper Hunt at Shanghai - Wm Simpson 1874' (lower left) pencil and watercolour heightened with white 26 x 43cm (10 1/4 x 17in).
EXHIBITED: London, Burlington Gallery, Round the World, 1874, no 102. London, The Fine Art Society, Mr William Simpson of the Illustrated London News, June-October 1987, no 68.
The Shanghai Paper Hunt Club was founded in the 1860s as there was a lack of relevant prey to hunt in Shanghai. Instead of hunting for animals, one member of the team would ride ahead to act as the hunted prey, marking the trail with coloured paper. The winner had the privilege of laying the paper for next week's hunt, wearing a pink coat and a top hat.