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7 framed Chinatown color prints by San Francisco artist Wylog Fong  

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Seven framed color prints by San Francisco Chinese-American artist Wylog Fong

Fong, Wylog





The outer dimensions of the frames vary in size from 10 x 6.5” to 10 x 11.5” and 8 x 12”.  

Two of the plates have printed slips pasted on the back from the West Coast engraving Co. of Portland, identifying the images as; “Yute Cum (The Moon Guitar): A little study of the home life of the Chinese depicting in pretty manner their colorful garments and their love for music” and “Curiosity: A scene in the Chinatown of days gone by – a portrayal of five types of Chinese. “The Merchant”, “The Tong Man”, “The Courtesan” and “Her Maid” and the “Vendor” whose wares have aroused the curiosity of the group”.  2 others have Macy’s slips, with the titles, “Chinese Girl” and “Chinese Boy”.


The “Chinese” ideographs in the plates are unreadable; they may be the artist’s conception of what “Oriental” script would look like to western buyers.

Born Wy Lok Fong in 1897, he is described on the the West Coast slips as “a Chinese Artist of the Younger generation whose work is attracting widespread attention. Fong was born and spent his younger days in the Old Chinatown of San Francisco and later studied Art in the City of Portland, Oregon. His life among his own people and particularly in the Chinatown of San Francisco, the most typically Chinese of all American settlements – has endowed him with an understanding of his people given to few painters.” Fong also did some magazine illustration and portrait painting (on velvet), but his romanticized style had gone out of fashion after the 1920s and his later attempts at “realism” were not popular. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined the Art Students League and was last heard of as a “sidewalk pastel portrait artist” in LA Chinatown where he died in 1974.

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