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Paintings from Prison.
1961. Two beautiful Chinese pen and ink and watercolour paintings on silk by Clarence Lee. Approximately 16.5 x 23.5cm and 16.8 x 22.8cm. These two paintings bear the chop of Clarence Lee - ??? (Lee Tse Ko or in Cantonese Lee Chi Kuk) from Hefei, Anhui Province. He was the son of K. C. Lee of the HSBC Bank in Shanghai. These two paintings were loosely inserted in an envelope on which it was noted that Clarence Lee had painted them on Christmas Day while in prison. As materials for painting were very difficult to obtain Clarence Lee painted on silk which he had torn off the back of old Chinese books. Clarence Lee painted these two paintings was in prison. He had run foul of the Communist Party as he and his brother who was also held refused to fit in with the new austere life required of people in China following 1949. The brothers continued to party and spend money and lead a life that was the anti-thesis of the model Chinese citizen in the 1950s. These paintings were from the collection of William Stewart, an official for many years in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, where the Lee Brothers father also worked. William Stewart wrote: "I have kept the original [paintings] for many years - given to me by his wife - who is no longer his wife now I think. When I left Shanghai in 1966 Clarence I understand was still in some sort of custody or under surveillance - and maybe still is (1978). His brother was released and I met him again in Shanghai, but after that he was arrested again in Hangchow for some minor misdemeanour, maybe is still in custody. Both very pleasant chaps and in any non c. [Communist] country might be going about their normal jobs and living as they were accustomed to in pre liberation days - ie before 1949. Such is life for some." Clarence Lee's chop appears on other paintings which suggests that he was a collector of art as well as an artist. One of these paintings is dated 1961 (???) possibly, the characters being difficult to make out, on Christmas Day (???) of that year. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 150513).
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