Portraits from a Chinese Scroll – Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (1938)


Portraits from a Chinese Scroll – Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (1938)


Title: Portraits from a Chinese Scroll

Author: Elizabeth Foreman Lewis, Virginia Hollinger Stout (illus.), Chen Chao-ming (calligraphy)

Publisher: The John C. Winston Company, Chicago, 1938. Second edition.

Condition: Hardcover. Very good. Covers slightly faded, inscription to half title page. No other defects. With numerous illustrated plates. 267pp. App. 9″ by 6″.

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Essays on various Chinese occupations by an American children’s book author who lived in China.


  1. The Merchant
  2. The Woman
  3. The Artisan
  4. The Coolie
  5. The Scholar
  6. The Foreigner
  7. The Clerk
  8. The Beggar
  9. The Postman
  10. The Child
  11. Chinese Words

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (May 24, 1892 – August 7, 1958), was an American children’s book author.

She then became a Methodist missionary and teacher in China, initially as the associate mission treasurer for the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society in Shanghai (1917–1918). During the next two years, she was a teacher in the schools of Nanjing, and a district supervisor of schools in Chongqing. In Nanjing, she taught at two schools – a girls boarding school and a boys academy. She met her husband, John Abraham Lewis, who was also a Methodist Missionary in the Upper Yangtze for many years. They got married in 1921. They had one son, John Fulton Lewis, who grew up to become a newspaper editor and author.

After several years, due to illness, she had to leave China. Once back in America, she used her Chinese experiences as inspiration for novels and short stories. Her first book, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, based on her time as a director of schools in Chungking (Chongqing), won the 1933 Newbery Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1960. She died in Baltimore, Maryland.