Kim Hong-do (after), Album of Scenes from Daily Life


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British Museum

The late Choson period (from the seventeenth century AD) was a period of relative prosperity in Korea. The arts thrived, particularly under King Yongjo (1724-76) and King Chongjo (1776-1800), both able rulers who encouraged economic, social and political stability. Chin'gyong, or 'true-view' landscape paintings became fashionable among the scholar-literati class; they depicted real scenes from the Korean landscape, rather than those copied from Chinese paintings. Meanwhile, humorous scenes of daily life became popular among the growing middle class.Kim Hong-do was one of the most famous painters of these scenes. This album is one of at least two known copies of Hong-do's famous original, now in the National Museum of Korea. It may have been made in the late nineteenth century as a special present for a dignitary. The painting focuses on people and their activities, with the background barely illustrated. The paintings in the album include schoolroom scenes, wrestling, and other everyday activities.

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  • Title: Kim Hong-do (after), Album of Scenes from Daily Life
  • Date Created: 1800/1899
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 36.10cm (album); Width: 32.20cm (album); Height: 24.50cm (leaf (average)); Width: 22.50cm (leaf (average))
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: painted
  • Subject: cartography; wrestling/wrestler
  • Registration number: 1961,0513,0.4.1-12
  • Production place: Made in Korea
  • Producer: School of/style of Kim Hongdo
  • Period/culture: Joseon Dynasty
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Kinchi Shoten