Chinese General, Circa 1810


This work is one of a pair of original unsigned gouache watercolors, painted by an unknown hand and dating from the early 19th century, depicting a Chinese general and his wife. Shown here is the general, who is seated outside his tent. He is wearing an elaborate gown and holds a spear. The tent pole bears an oval shield with an animated and fearsome face above which a standard banner flutters in the breeze. To the left is a standard bearer standing with a command flag. The same shield appears in the portrait of the general’s wife, but with a different banner above it. The watercolor is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library.

Last updated: April 1, 2015