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The King’s Excursion on a Royal Carriage

Chae Yong-shin (1850-1941)Late 19th-early 20th century

Ewha Womans University Museum

Ewha Womans University Museum

The King’s Excursion on a Royal Carriage is a royal documentary painting that illustrates the procession for Gojong’s royal excursion. At the head of the painting, the title Daehanjeguk Donggado Seokjisa indicates this piece to be the work of Chae Yong-shin, arguably the most renowned portrait painter of the period. However, discrepancies in the pen-strokes and inaccuracies in the depicted procession order, use of written characters, and the order of the painting covers have led to various interpretations as to the date of production and author of the painting. Directly portraying the king unlike in previous depictions of royal events, and using an aspect of Western painting by directly applying the brush instead of using colored engravings, The King’s Excursion on a Royal Carriage is a fascinating work that depicts the procession of Gojong’s royal excursion with a sense of gravitas and opulence.

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  • Title: The King’s Excursion on a Royal Carriage
  • Creator: Chae Yong-shin (1850-1941)
  • Date Created: Late 19th-early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.5 × 1,746 cm
  • Provenance: Ewha Womans University Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Ink and colors on paper

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