Title: A Background to Chinese Painting
Author: Soame Jenyns, W. W. Winkworth
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1935.
Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Ex-libris plates of endpapers, and a stamp of Glendining & Co, an old London auction house. Text clean, binding tight.
About the book:
A useful book on Chinese painting by Soame Jenyns, a British art historian and expert in East Asian ceramics. This interesting book, an important and detailed work on the history and techniques of Chinese painting, provides an introductory chapter addressed to collectors. The book contains 40 black and white reproductions of important Chinese paintings. The chapters are as follows:
1. A general survey
2. The influence of religion
3. The relation to calligraphy
4. The patronage of the throne
5. The choice of materials and technique
6. The treatment of landscape and the human figure
7. The use of bird, flower and animal motifs
About the author (from Wikipedia):
Roger Soame Jenyns (1904–1976), who usually wrote his name simply as Soame Jenyns was a British art historian, known as an expert on East Asian ceramics.
Roger Soame Jenyns was educated at Eton and at Magdalene College of Cambridge University. In 1926 he joined the Hong Kong Civil Service. In Hong Kong, he became one of the valuable contributors to the newly established journal, The Hong Kong Naturalist. His articles would often touch on the cultural role of South China’s animals and plants.
In 1931, Jenyns left Hong Kong for England, to take up a job at the British Museum, where he served as the Assistant Keeper of Oriental Antiquities until 1967. In 1935 he published a well-received book on Chinese painting; later on, he authored several books on Chinese ceramics and jades in which he described many items from the museum’s collection.