Lamqua (fl. 1820-1860) Portrait of the Hong Merchant Howqua | 林呱（活躍於1820-1860年） 浩官畫像 布本油畫 木框
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection 雪月藏亞洲藝術珍品
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection
Lamqua (fl. 1820-1860)
Portrait of the Hong Merchant Howqua
林呱（活躍於1820-1860年） 浩官畫像 布本油畫 木框
oil on canvas, in the original Chinese carved and gilt frame
28 by 23 cm
Inspected within its frame. The painting is in overall good condition, with only a small area of minute paint flakes to the upper left corner and expected minor craqueleur to the paint surface, predominantly to the lower half of the painting. Some flakes and loss to the gilding of the wood frame.
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Martyn Gregory, London.
By descent since the 1830s in the family of Andrew Johnstone, who was the brother-in-law of William Jardine and a partner of Jardine Matheson in 1835-1836.
怡和洋行合伙人 Andrew Johnstone 收藏，自1830年代由家族傳承
Patrick Conner, 'The China Coast Collection of Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter', Arts of Asia, March-April 1996, cover.
Patrick Conner，〈The China Coast Collection of Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter〉，《Arts of Asia》，1996年3/4月，封面
Journey to the Far East - George Chinnery and the Art of Canton, Macao and Hong Kong in the 19th Century, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 7th December 1996 to 11th February 1997, cat. no. 111.
Howqua refers to the representative of the thirteen factories among the Guangzhou merchants. The subject of this portrait is probably Wu Bingjian (1769-1843), the wealthiest man in the world during the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods, or his fifth son, Wu Shaorong (1833-1856).