A beautiful collection of detailed pencil drawings by Australian architect William Hardy Wilson (1881-1955), which depict the striking buildings he discovered on his 4 month journey to China in 1921. Inspired by a growing fascination with Chinaâ€™s culture, Wilson was most impressed by Beijing and its imperial grandeur. After an arduous journey from the coast, Wilson arrived at the city to discover a â€˜miracle of loveliness in the sun-scorched plain, shimmering in all the dust and golden glory of a late summerâ€™s afternoonâ€™. He completed a collection of drawings of buildings in the Qing capital on returning home, and developed a lifelong interest in fusing the cultures and aesthetics of West and East in his work. See the meticulous work of Wilsonâ€™s inspired journey in our Treasures Gallery. This Collections-in-Focus exhibition coincided with the Libraryâ€™s 2016 summer exhibition, Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644â€“1911.
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia.|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Hardy Wilson's Peking - National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 2 Jan 2016 → …