Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Unknown artist (After)

The Young Viceroy of Guangzhou

The Young 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 Young Viceroy of Guangzhou
Production date
106 x 167 mm
The Young Vice Roy of Canton (upper c.). Recto; (pencil below image) P2012. Ogilvy. P45. (c).. Large fleur-de-lis.. Inscribed recto lower centre, pencil, 'P2012' [Parthey 2012] and 'Ogilby p45' [page 45 of Ogilby's China?]. Printed text on verso (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
2012 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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