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  • Title
    Quong Tart, ca. 1880s
  • Call number
    ML 1346
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, East Wall, no. 286
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  • Date

    ca. 1880s
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas - approx. 61 x 45.5 cm

    Quong Tart (1850-1903) was a prominent Chinese tea merchant and restaurateur, opening a series of popular teahouses in Sydney between 1881-1898. A Chinese community leader, he was awarded the title of Mandarin of the Fourth rank by China's Emperor Kuang Hsu in 1894 for his efforts towards Chinese-Australian relations. He successfully bridged both worlds and was the first Chinese public figure to be fully accepted by the wider community of NSW. This was a remarkable feat given the anti-Chinese sentiments of the day.

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  • Scope and Content
    The portrait is a strong image of Quong Tart probably aged in his 30s, approaching the height of his entrepreneurial career. It is a 3/4 length, head and torso view, possibly painted by a Chinese artist based on an earlier photographic portrait. This was a relatively common thing, with Sydney agents sending works over to China to be painted by local artists. Quong Tart also made three return visits to China in 1881, 1888 and 1894. This portrait could have been painted on his second visit in 1888.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State of New South Wales
  • General note

    This work was conserved in 2004 as part of the Library's ongoing paintings conservation program.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 874686
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    Australian Portraits Timeline - National Portrait Gallery (Australia) (3 December, 2008 - 31 December, 2011)
    Celestial city - Museum of Sydney
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )
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