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A Chinese Lady, Wife of Houqua

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 454

Dimensions

Sheet: 26 x 18.7 cm (10 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

59.863

Medium or Technique

Watercolor over graphite on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Full figure, facing front, seated in a chair. Her hands are missing.

Inscription

Inscribed in pen and ink lower right: Kern / A Chinese Lady / Wife of Harr Qua / Hong Kong Feby 1855

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA Nov. 12, 1959 Given by the artist to Captain William Brenton Boggs, the Ringgold-Rodgers Expedition's purser; bought from Bogg's granddaughter by Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

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