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The Ink Sketched Late Qing Dynasty -Dianshizhai Pictorial, Pioneer in China’s Illustrated News

Keywords: Illustrator, Late Qing, China

Since it was opened as a commercial port in the mid-19thcentury, Shanghai has been pounded away by western commercial cultures. Foreign trade prospered and brought commercial newspapers into existence. The appearance ofShen Bao(Shanghai News) in 1872 marked the emergence of commercial newspapers in modern China, with the purpose of transmitting news to citizens. 

As the 19thcentury drew to a close, social customs transformed and the demand for knowledge and information increased among the public. In response,Shen Baostarted to issue a thin illustrated brochure as a regular supplement to the newspaper in 1884, claiming that “pictorials, unlike newspapers with words, appeal to everybody.” The brochures were printed by Dianshizhai Printing House, for which the pictorial was named. Consisting of several captioned paintings covering various topics such as scientific knowledge, current news and folk customs, the pictorial had a broader audience including both intellectuals and illiterate elderly women and children, thus gaining instant popularity.  

Dianshizhai Pictorial was the pioneer of China’s illustrated news. It revealed social phenomena and problems using traditional painting techniques, and stimulated the unprecedented combination of news and paintings in China. Its appearance was a landmark event for grassroots culture in transmitting news as the society was under constant western influence.

Area: 500-1000㎡
Graded Objects: 150 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 07 Jun 2016--31 Dec 2016

Height Limitation: 4 m
Gallery Environment Control:Temperature 24℃, Humidity 30 %
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Number of Staff: 5

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