The Qianlong Emperor

The Ultimate Renaissance Ruler & Fine Art Collector

A free talk organised by Confucius Institute

 Wed 31 January 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

 Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building (3 Kelvin Way, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735-1795) was arguably one of the greatest of all Chinese emperors. He guided China through a period of unquestionable political, economic and cultural prosperity rivaling previous periods of achievement in Chinese history. For all these successes as a ruler, it is in the fields of art and culture that Qianlong made the greatest contributions to China’s heritage.

This lecture will provide an insight into Qianlong not only as a successful emperor but also as a scholar and collector of fine art. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to see the personal textile collection of the presenter. A drinks reception will be provided after the lecture.

David Rosier is a Chartered Insurer by profession and Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society, and was a Committee Member and lecturer for the Hong Kong Textile Society. He is also an Accredited Lecturer of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. He has extensive international experience as an author and lecturer with over 25 years of direct experience of East Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong in 1990s, David collected approximately 700 imperial-related textiles, insignia of rank and dress accessories, predominantly from the Qing dynasty.

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