Tuesday, October 01, 2019

New Book Features Donnelly Painting On Cover

                                          Navigating Semi-Colonialism
                  Shipping, Sovereignty,and Nation Building in China,1860-1937
                                                  Anne Reinhardt
                            Published by Harvard University Asia Center

The cover  illustration is reversed and cropped so Donnelly's signature and the caption are not shown.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Donnelly Artwork courtesy of Stephen Kentwell
Indo-China S.N.Co's Upper River Steamer KIAWO
Indo-China S.N.Co's NAM SING. Likely by Donnelly
Mackenzie & Co Ltd's LOONG MOW - likely by Donnelly


Extract from Article on Tung by Kentwell

Donnelly and C.Y.Tung

Stephen Kentwell in his comment on the Yentai article pointed out that Donnelly partnered with C.Y.Tung as an advisor to launch Chinas first shipping company in Shanghai in 1941 ( China Shipping Trust Company ) of which Donnelly was made General Manager. It was re-established in Hong Kong in 1947 again with Donnelly as GM. Tung's company grew to be one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Tung and Donnelly remained friends until the latter's death in 1952 . Kentwell sent me the 2 pictures below , taken by Donnelly , of CSTC's first two ships .

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Translation of Yentai Article

Yantai news article

I  received an e mail from a gentleman named Victor who had written an article on Arthur Robert and Ivon Arthur Donnelly as prominent members of the Chefoo business community . It contains information particularly on Arthur Robert that was news to me including the fact that for two years he was consular representative for the United States.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Donnelly Items

A visit to my cousins in Victoria B.C. produced some more interesting items:

Writing verso : Amoy junks off Namoa Beach

Pen & Ink sketches from trip to Japan

Promotional Material illustrated by IAD

Brochure for new book : "The China Coast" (front and rear cover)


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Junk Models in Rotterdam Museum

I was contacted via this blog by a representative of  the Maritiem Museum in Rotterdam which has an ongoing project related to Chinese ship models. They acquired 4 junk models from my grandfather in the 1920s and kindly sent me the photographs below. They will be sending me copies of the related correspondence .

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Two More Watercolours Acquired

Contacted by the family whose aunt had passed away . They found the two paintings in her possession and contacted me via this blog. They  did not know how she came into their posession but evidently she travelled extensively and it seems likely that she met Donnelly when in China.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Royal Navy Insect Class Gunboat

Possibly H.M.S.Bee since this water colour was owned by my aunt whose then fiance (and subsequent husband) was serving on that vessel on the China Station in 1938. In the possession of her daughter.