Cantonese Boatwoman

A portrait of a boat woman, in Guangzhou in 1869 with a very modern appeal. Unlike the majority of portraits made in the 19th century, the backdrop is particularly plain, setting off the simple headscarf and costume the woman is wearing. The sparkle in her eyes shows she is completely at ease. During his visit to Guangzhou and Hong Kong, Thomson had encountered a number of boat women and was greatly attracted by their natural beauty.

April 23, 2018 1:22 PM (UTC+8)