Fred Taylor (1875-1963), a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, was commissioned to produce poster art by railway companies and the great shipping lines in the golden age of travel, from 1908 to 1940s. In 1930 British fashion retailer Austin Reed commissioned Taylor to paint a series of scenes, including this view of Hong Kong, to furnish the Red Lacquer Room of their Tropical department in their Regent Street store.
"One of the most romantic harbours in our Eastern possessions. Our artist has taken a view looking towards the harbour and has introduced on the left a superb example of a Chinese trading junk, balanced on the right by a group of lesser craft. Unobtrusive, but significant, on the extreme left of the picture is a watchful British cruiser" (The Red Lacquer Room, Austin Reed Group, London, p.6).
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