Paintings

Artist / Author / Cartographer:

Taylor, Fred

Title:

Hong Kong

Date:

1930

Medium:

oil on canvas

Size:

85 x 259 cm

Description:

A magnificent view of Junks in Hong Kong Harbour

COMMISSIONED BY AUSTIN REED OF LONDON FOR THEIR FLAGSHIP REGENT STREET STORE IN 1930.


Fred Taylor (1875-1963), a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, was commissioned to produce poster art by railway companies and the great shipping lines in the golden age of travel, from 1908 to 1940s. In 1930 British fashion retailer Austin Reed commissioned Taylor to paint a series of scenes, including this view of Hong Kong, to furnish the Red Lacquer Room of their Tropical department in their Regent Street store.
"One of the most romantic harbours in our Eastern possessions. Our artist has taken a view looking towards the harbour and has introduced on the left a superb example of a Chinese trading junk, balanced on the right by a group of lesser craft. Unobtrusive, but significant, on the extreme left of the picture is a watchful British cruiser" (The Red Lacquer Room, Austin Reed Group, London, p.6).

 

PROVENANCE


Austin Reed Group, London; sale, Sotheby's London, 28 October 2008, lot 183

References:

Item Code:

P6036

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