Painting of "Rev W. H. Medhurst D. D. China, with Pundit and a Malay Boy"

Scope and Content

Watercolour, 55cm x 48cm (including mount). Note on reverse states that "this was painted for [George] Baxter". Baxter's print in oil colours entitled 'Mr Medhurst in conversation with Choo-Tih-Lang, attended by a Malay Boy', appears as a frontispiece to 'China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the spread of the Gospel', by W. H. Medhurst of the London Missionary Society (London: John Snow, 1838).

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter Medhurst (1796-1857), served with the London Missionary Society as a printer in Malacca from 1816, and as a missionary in China between 1819 and 1857.

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Archivist's Note


Custodial History

The painting was presented to Mr Thompson, 9 Tavistock Sq., by his daughter [Jemima Luke], Dec 1837. It was later presented to the London Missionary Society.

Related Material

A copy of the publication, 'China : its state and prospects, with especial reference to the spread of the Gospel, containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese', by W.H. Medhurst, of the London Missionary Society ; illustrated with engravings on wood by G. Baxter (London : John Snow, 1838), is held by SOAS Library, ref: CWML Q101