Portrait of Hoqua (Tea Merchant)

February 1855
Edward Meyer Kern (American, 1823–1863)


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 453

Dimensions

Sheet: 20.1 x 15.3 cm (7 15/16 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

60.887

Medium or Technique

Brush and gray wash on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Bust, three-quarters to left, in skull cap.

Inscription

Inscribed in pen and ink: Kern / Hou Qua / Hong Kong / Feby 55.

Provenance

Given by the artist to Captain William Brenton Boggs, the Ringgold-Rodgers Expedition's purser; bought from Bogg's granddaughter by Maxim Karolik. Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA June 8, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875