Caricatures by H W G Hayter Monday, May 6 2013 

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From ‘The Rattle’ (1896)

Henry William Goodenough Hayter (1862-1915) was the editor of ‘The Eastern Sketch’, an illustrated weekly in Shanghai’s International Settlement in early twentieth century. His cartoons on Sketch’s  front cover were satirical, lampooning Shanghai’s Who’s who. The July,1896 edition of ”The Rattle’ (another publication) includes his caricatures of Sikhs. One of the illustrations, titled ‘Hide and Sikh’ distinctly depicts a very black-complexioned Sikh beating a Chinese ‘coolie.’

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From: ‘The Rattle’ (1896)

Hayter’s cartoons of various eminent Shanghai personalities found a place in his 1902 book published in Shanghai by ‘Kelly and Walsh’, titled ‘Caricatures’ .It contained 32 color illustrations. Most were taken from his collection in  ‘The Rattle’ but few new ones were also added. The book included 5 original cartoons that he’d sketched for the Shanghai Race Club.

Here’s a well-known Shanghai Municipal Councilor who’d penned some humorous verses for ‘The Rattle’  – J.O.P. Bland. Hayter titled Bland’s caricature as ‘Tung Chia.’  Unfortunately not much is known of Hayter. He is, however,credited with introducing the caricature genre in Shanghai.

(I am not sure what the meaning of Tung Chia is but the inference could be ‘wise one’  or worldly wise.)  Anyone knows what it means?

J.O.P. Bland from 'Caricatures' by Hayter

J.O.P. Bland from ‘Caricatures’ by Hayter

Ye Qianyu & India dance series. Friday, May 3 2013 

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“Around 1930, a young cartoonist named Ye Qianyu 叶浅予 (1907-1995) published a full-length comic graphic novel featuring a character he called “Mr. Wang,” who was a distinct and easily recognizable character, strangely dressed and usually wearing a pith helmet on his bald head. His partner in various comic misadventures was his friend Xiao Chen (小陈), with his trademark Panama hat and horn-rimmed glasses.”  The graphic novel was made into a movie  series starring Tang Jie, who later obtained copyrights to Mr Wang’s film character and made 3 sequels in 1935.

mr wang

 

Ye Qianyu also created the India dance series around 1980s and his prints are sold for around $3000 or more.

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