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"Emperor Qianlong 1736-1795 Ruler and Fine Art Collector" David Rosier Tuesday 13 November 2018


Qianlong was a noted scholar, who during his lifetime wrote and published over 43,000 poems, painted on virtually a daily basis and was accomplished in the art of calligraphy. It was as a collector of fine art that Qianlong created his greatest legacy. In his sixty year reign he amassed hundreds of thousands of works of art from both previous dynasties and the pinnacle of works produced in his own times. The collections spanned all genres, including paintings, porcelain, jade, textiles, enamelling, ivory carvings and snuff bottles. The lecture not only covers his involvement in art but also his capabilities as a ruler guiding his country to political, ecomomic and cultural prosperity.


David Rosier is a chartered insurer by profession and a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society with extensive international experience as an author and lecturer in Medical Risk Assessment. He lived and worked in Asia for more than 25 years, where he assembled a collection of approximately 700 predominantly Qung Dynasty (1644-1911) imperial and related textile and costume accessories. Since 2004 he has been a regular lecturer to many organisations including the Embroider's Guild, oriental art and historical associations, costume societies, the National Trust and of course The Arts Society.