: Colloquium on Pearl River Delta, Art, and Global Exchange in Maritime Trade History

Date: 18 January, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art

12:20-12:40pm | The Dilemmas of the Portrait Gift
Speaker: Dr. Yeewan Koon, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

This paper looks at the use of portraiture by the Manchu official Qiying (1787-1858) who was sent by the Daoguang Emperor (r.1820-1850) to Guangdong for the negotiations of the Nanjing Treaty after the Opium War (1839-1841). By looking at the different practices involved in the gifting of portraits in Europe and China, the paper will highlight the problems of communications and exchanges between Britain and China during this period. It will also show how Guangdong’s leading merchants were instrumental in these discussions and how they were active players in Guangdong’s local community and Qing politics.

1:10-1:30pm | Panel Discussion

Led by Dr. Roslyn Lee Hammers, Associate Professor, Fine Arts Department, The University of Hong Kong, with Dr. John D. Wong, Prof. Ching May Bo & Dr. Yeewan Koon