Portrait of Jalafengge (fl. 2d half 19th century)

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Tongzhi to Guangxu reign, 2nd half 19th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (painting): 221.5 x 144.9 cm (87 3/16 x 57 1/16 in) H x W (overall): 370.5 x 184 cm (145 7/8 x 72 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

China, cloud, dragon, portrait, Pritzlaff collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

Jalafengge, a member of the Manchu Niohuru clan, married the eighth daughter of the Daoguang emperor (reigned 1821–51) in 1863. The use of a receding ground plane for the carpeted floor in this late nineteenth-century painting shows one element of Western painting style that many Chinese artists adopted. The modeling of the face and court hat is exceptionally well done. The result is a visually harmonious, dignified representation of an imperial son-in-law.

Published References
  • Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China. Los Angeles. p.82, fig.13.
  • Jan Stuart, Evelyn S. Rawski. Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits. Exh. cat. Washington and Stanford. p. 136, fig. 5.11.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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