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  • Title
    Mei Quong Tart's mother, ca. 1888
  • Call number
    ML 1347
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, East Wall, no. 287
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1888
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil, canvas on board - 66.5 x 53 cm
  • Scope and Content
    The portrait of Quong Tart's mother is in the style of Chinese ancestral portraits for the period. It shows her seated and dressed in traditional costume with her embroidered rank badge. These portraits were often painted posthumously and were hung in a family temple or alter to be venerated at important anniversaries. Quong Tart is said to have returned from his 1888 visit to China with portraits of his mother and father (Reference: Dawn, 1 June 1889) and they were later displayed at an altar in his home Gallop House in Ashfield.
    Reference: Library correspondence file.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Work is untitled. Title devised from further research provided by the Library for the publication `Reading the Rooms' in 2023.
  • General note

    Previously titled, Ancestral portrait of Quong Tart's mother, ca. 1888
    Artist unknown.
    Digital order no:a928043
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Aldenhoven, 74 Hunter Street" -- framer's label on reverse
  • Date note

    Date unknown. Date based on Quong Tart's visit in 1888 to China... On his return it was reported that he brought back a portrait of his father, who had passed away and a portrait of his mother. It is likely that these two portraits were the ones seen hanging in the little drawing room of his Waverley home in May 1889." -- Reading the Rooms, pg. 174
  • Conservation note

    This work was conserved in 2004 as part of the Library's ongoing paintings conservation program.
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  • Exhibited in

    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (2018)
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