Portrait of Yinghe (1771-1839)

Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Wu Daozi (傳)吳道子 (active ca. 710-760)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Jiaqing reign, 1806
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 230.1 x 97.4 cm (90 9/16 x 38 3/8 in) H x W (overall): 356 x 136 cm (140 3/16 x 53 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1991.80
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
China, cloud, dragon, Jiaqing reign (1796 - 1820), portrait, Pritzlaff collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Dated 1806, the inscription reveals that Yinghe commissioned this painting from a professional artist, probably to mark his thirty-sixth birthday. The implements used for writing calligraphy, as well as the books on the table behind Yinghe, suggest he had scholarly inclinations, while his dress indicates he was also a court official. Commemorative in nature, Yinghe's portrait nonetheless shares many of the characteristics of portraits created for rituals and demonstrates the increasingly common use of the frontal pose for secular paintings.

Published References
  • Claudia Brown. Great Qing: Painting in China 1644-1911. .
  • Jan Stuart, Evelyn S. Rawski. Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits. Exh. cat. Washington and Stanford. p. 145, fig. 6.1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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