Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Unknown artist (After)

The Old Viceroy of Guangzhou

The Old Viceroy of Guangzhou by Wenceslaus Hollar, Unknown artist

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In John Ogilby’s 'China', the young viceroy is

described as wearing a coat ‘lined with Sables, and

the wrong side outward . . . The Saddle Cloth was Gold

Tissue . . .’ While the old viceroy wore ‘a Lemmoncoloured

Gown, embroidered with Golden Dragons, and

behind in this [sic] Cap he wore their Badge of Royalty, a

Peackock Tayl, about his Neck a Chain of White Sapphirs

of great value . . .’

These images and detailed descriptions of costumes

and habits would have intrigued readers in the 17th

century. Taking for granted our ready access to digital

images, we forget that Hollar’s prints would have been

the first introduction to Chinese civilisation for many

readers of English.

The Old Viceroy of Guangzhou
Production date
110 x 167 mm
not matted. Cannot discern. Inscribed verso lower centre-bottom right, pencil, 'P2011 [Parthey 2011] Ogilby p 45' [p. 45 of Ogilby's China?]. Inscribed recto bottom left, pencil, 'P2011'. [Parthey 2011] Printed text on verso (possibly from an illustrated book)..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
2011 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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