[Lai Yong portrait of a Chinese man] [graphic]
- San Francisco : Lai Yong, Portrait Painter and Photograph Gallery, [circa 1871]
- Physical description
- 1 photograph : print on card mount ; mount 11 x 6 cm (carte de visite format)
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|MISC 2047||In-library use|
- Yong, Lai, 1840- photographer.
- Portrait of a Chinese man.
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- Photographer's stamp on back.
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- [Lai Yong portrait of a Chinese man] (Misc 2047). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.
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- Purchase; 2013. Accession MSS 217-272.
- Copyright Status
- Public domain.
- Lai Yong, according to historians, was the first known Chinese artist in California; his studio is listed in San Francisco directories as early as 1867, though his only surviving painting, dated 1870, is a portrait of future San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro, symbolic of his remarkable success in the white community, considering the restrictive social environment of the time. He was not timid about attacking racist treatment of his people, co-authoring an 1873 pamphlet, “The Chinese Question from a Chinese Standpoint”, read, in translation, to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and even featured in an article in the New York Times. Yong was also a notable photographer, his photos of Chinese subjects appearing at a Mechanics Institute exhibition in 1869, about the time that he opened his Washington Street studio. Historians have noted only four known carte-de-visite photos by Yong – of a Chinese man, a woman, two children, and one self-portrait which shows the artist at work on the portrait of a caucasian woman. The photo offered here appears to be an unknown fifth photo, portraying another Chinese man with similar, but not identical, clothing and accoutrements. It is not surprising that so little of Lai Yong’s work has survived, as he himself disappeared from San Francisco records in 1882 – at the height of the “Chinese exclusion” furor – when he apparently sold his business and may have returned to China. [Descriptive information provided by dealer.]
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