Three Embroideries on red silk with golden thread used for the characters from the 20th century. It has a decorative green silk backing with wooden dowels. The middle embroidery describes what Dr. Gao did in his work for leprosy. In 1950 he inoculated patients against leprosy. The calligraphy writing on either side are to him and his wife respectively.
The middle embroidery is 47 inches high by 19 1/8 inches wide. The two other embroideries are 50 3/4 inches high by 9 inches wide. All measurements are approximate.
Provenance: From The Crawford Collection, exhibited in The Public Library and Art Museum in London, Ontario from 1960s to 1980s. Dr. Wallace Crawford (Gao Wenming) was a Canadian doctor specializing in leprosy. A devout Christian, he was sent by a Canadian Methodist church to China in 1907 as a medical missionary.
In 1930, Dr. Crawford was associated with the West China Union Medical University and established the first Leper Hospital in southwest China. While in China, he built seven hospitals and one other institution. He received several medals and decorations from the Chinese government for his work. He remained in China for 43 years until he was forced to leave in 1950.
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