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Painting - Woman from Fengyang

Woman from Fengyang

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and ink on western paper

  • Museum number:

    D.58-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is part of a group depicting different costumes worn by Chinese men and women in the early 19th century. It shows a woman holding a flute. Attached to the painting is a small strip of paper with three Chinese characters – 'feng yang po'. The English translation reads 'a native of Fong-yong who resorl [sic] to begging alms'. The miswriting of 'resorts' as 'resorl' indicates that the writer had limited knowledge of the English language.

Europeans were fascinated by Chinese dresses and hairstyles, which were markedly different from their own, and paintings such as this were mass-produced as souvenir items. It was made in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China. In the 18th century the city became the principal, and later the only, trading port at which Europeans were permitted to buy Chinese goods.

Physical description

This painting is part of a group depicting different costumes worn by Chinese men and women in the early 19th century. It shows a woman holding a flute. Attached to the painting is a small strip of paper with three Chinese characters 'feng yang po', and an English translation 'a native of Fong-yong who resorl to begging alms'. The 't' in 'resort' was mis-written as 'l', indicating that the writer was not familiar with the English language. Europeans were fascinated by Chinese dresses and hairstyles which were markedly different from their own, and paintings such as this were mass-produced as souvenir items.

Place of Origin

Guangzhou (made)

Date

1800-1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and ink on western paper

Marks and inscriptions

'feng yang po'
A native of Fong-yong who resorl to begging alms
probably contemporary with painting

Dimensions

Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 19.5 cm

Descriptive line

Feng yang po; Pap, China, paintings and drawings

Categories

Paintings

Collection

East Asia Collection

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