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With the Empress Dowager of China

Gelesen von Gail Timmerman Vaughan

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Through the eyes of an artist, With the Empress Dowager of China provides a glimpse of life in the Chinese Imperial Court, unseen by any other Westerner. In 1903, Katharine Carl, an American artist, was invited to paint a portrait of Cixi, the Empress Dowager of China, for display at the 1904 Exhibition at St Louis, USA. For nine months from the 5th of August 1903 when the painting was begun, Miss Carl lived within the Chinese Imperial Court, residing at the Summer Palace, Winter Palace and Sea Palace. During those nine months, a total of four portraits of the Empress Dowager were completed. While living in the Chinese Imperial Court, Miss Carl had the opportunity to observe the customs, personalities, entertainments and politics of the Royal household, and in particular to observe the Empress Dowager, who Miss Carl found to be graceful, warm, intelligent and generous.



Although Katharine Carl did not plan to publicise her experiences, With the Empress Dowager of China was written as a response to articles appearing in the American and British press containing statements never made by her and other misrepresentations. Words were being put into her mouth, she was being put into a very difficult position, and corrections needed to be made. By writing an account of life in the Imperial Court she risked “offending the sensibilities of her Chinese friends” since any comments on the personalities of the Emperor or Empress Dowager were considered to breaches of etiquette. Nevertheless, she did publish “a simple and truthful narrative of my experiences” in 1906.



For most of the time from 1861 until her death in 1908, Cixi, the Empress Dowager of China, was co-regent or regent, and was in control of the Chinese government, due to the youth and inexperience of the Emperors during those years as well as to her capabilities. Her legacy is controversial, and she is viewed variously as a despot, a reformer, and a capable and gracious ruler and administrator.



Katharine Carl’s St Louis Exposition portrait of the Empress Dowager of China resides in the collection of the Arthur M Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. (summary by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan) (7 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Introductory

9:56

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Chapter I. My presentation and first day at the Chinese court

21:56

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Chapter II. Personal appearance of Her Majesty -- A Chinese repast -- Boating

13:53

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Chapter III. The palace of the Emperor's Father

10:20

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Chapter IV. Her Majesty's throne-room

12:41

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Chapter V. The young Empress and ladies of the court

12:28

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Chapter VI. Continuation of the portrait

9:58

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Chapter VII. Festivities at court

11:08

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Chapter VIII. His Majesty the Emperor

14:05

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Chapter IX. The Emperor's birthday

22:08

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Chapter X. Peking -- the Sea Palace

20:39

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Chapter XI. Some characteristics of Her Majesty -- second visit to the Sea Pal…

16:59

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Chapter XII. Return to the Summer Palace

8:14

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Chapter XIII. The steam-launch -- semi-annual sacrifices to Confucius

8:55

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Chapter XIV. The palace eunuchs

9:49

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Chapter XV. Literary tastes and accomplishments of the Empress Dowager

18:39

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Chapter XVI. The Great Audience Hall

10:38

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Chapter XVII. The Summer Palace

9:54

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Chapter XVIII. Festival of the Harvest Moon

13:36

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Chapter XIX. A Garden Party

9:11

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Chapter XX. Beginning of a second portrait of the Empress Dowager

9:47

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Chapter XXI. A European circus at the palace

11:22

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Chapter XXII. Palace customs

14:01

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Chapter XXIII. Her Majesty's anxiety -- her birthday

9:32

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Chapter XXIV. The Winter Palace

16:57

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Chapter XXV. Peking -- beginning the portrait for St. Louis

12:15

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Chapter XXVI. Some social customs

17:09

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Chapter XXVII. Present-giving

10:39

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Chapter XXVIII. Some winter days at the palace

12:01

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Chapter XXIX. Religious rites

12:36

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Chapter XXX. Her Majesty the Empress Dowager

26:31

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Chapter XXXI. Her Majesty the Empress Dowager (continued)

15:03

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Chapter XXXII. The Chinese New Year

12:41

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Chapter XXXIII. Continuation of the St. Louis portrait

10:38

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Chapter XXXIV. Finishing and sending off the portrait

9:32

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Chapter XXXV. Return to the Summer Palace

11:07

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Bewertungen

Wonderful narration!

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Absolutely fantastic narration! Very soothing and informative.