Sitter: Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo (Ku Weichün) (1888-1985)
Biog: Chinese diplomat and politician; international statesman; Chinese Minister to Great Britain 1921; Chinese Ambassador in London 1941-1946.
Date: 7 July 1921
Occasion: The State Ball, Buckingham Palace, 7 July 1921.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 160 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: Chinese Diplomatic Uniform: coat/coatee (?) of navy blue cloth, embroidered with corn sheaves in gold with gilt buttons, engraved with the letters RC (Republique Chinoise) in the centre, surrounded by the Chinese motif symbolizing five blessings.
Costume Supplier: Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd., address, & CK
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Star (and sash?) of The Precious Brilliant Golden Grain (Republic of China); Star of The Golden Grain (Republic of China); Star of The Order of George I (Greece).
Furniture & Props: -
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: retouched clamp visible behind the sitter.
No of poses: 2. [see also two poses of wife]
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Biog: Who's Who; Hugh B. O'Neill, Companion to Chinese History, Oxford, 1987; ck also Howard L. Boorman ed., Biographical Dictionary of Republican China, New York 1967-1971.
Occasion: The Times, 8 July 1921, p 14a.
Costume: Nigel Arch and Joanna Marschner, Splendour at Court: Dressing for Royal Occasions since 1700, London, 1987, p 92.
Costume Supplier: -
Orders, Decorations & Medals: R. Werlich, Orders and Decorations of All Nations, Washington, 1990.
Acknowledgements: (Orders) David Bownes.