A quick search of the æthyrweb images should reveal a wealth of Victorian era Orientalist artwork, and truly anyone who appreciates fine art would do well to look into this as the images and scenes depicted are quite lovely and very rich.
Well now that the history lesson is over, and please forgive the good captain for that little digression, I have something special to share! Artist James Ng has created some beautiful steampunk artwork with serious oriental influence. Yes, I know this is far from the Orientalism in the history lesson, and in fact has almost nothing in common with it at all, in truth these are depict a much more heavy Asian influence, but you still learned something new didn't you?
Splendid, then forgive the captain his stretching for a connection if you please, and feast your eyes on these ~
Despite the complete lack of "orientalist" connections, how often do you get to see steampunk imagery focusing more on Asian influences as opposed to purely Victorian or western? Exactly!
Hopefully you'll ponder how we can draw more Asian and Orientlist influences into our steampunk consciousness while you get back to work! Oh yes, Saturday, right. Well then...carry on!