Kwong Kai Ming’s sketches 1950-1990s Hong Kong
Thomas Ngan has sent information about the sketches of Hong Kong by Kwong Kai Ming. These are of general interest though some, including those shown below, are of an industrial or commercial nature.
The entire collection of sketches can be found on the Hong Kong Memory Project’s website, linked below.
The site says, “This collection displays over 80 pieces of Mr. Kong’s sketches in the 1950-1990s, presenting unnoticed street corners in elegant style and unique angle that brim with historical interest. Mr. Kong Kai-ming’s strokes are a lively record of life and scenery of Hong Kong, which bring us back to the good old days.”
Each sketch has accompanying text which I have included with the selected sketches.
Before the 1960’s, Hong Kong industry was relatively small-scale and somewhat backward. There were small factories in domestic premises, and the business was mainly labour-intensive, such as metal, timber and village craft. The industries that were medium-scale included weaving, spinning, paper products, clothing, bleaching, dyeing, and others. These have now developed into enterprises which are modernized and multi-national. In the past, plant size was small and scattered. Today, factories of different sizes were concentrated in industrial estates for the ease of management and transportation.
The Lane Crawford Company was formed by T.A. Lane and N. Crawford in Hong Kong in 1850. It was not officially registered as a limited company until 1922. The company is known for selling world-famous product brands. The painting shows the old Lane Crawford Company in Des Voeux Road Central, which is now the Hong Kong Landmark. Many new companies have moved to Queen’s Road Central, Admiralty, and Causeway Bay. Recently, commercial buildings are rapidly being constructed in Hong Kong, particularly in the Central, Admiralty, Wanchai and Tsimshatsui districts.
This article was first posted on 7th July 2015.
- Kwong Kai Ming’s sketches Hong Kong Memory project
- The Hong Kong Memory project Hong Kong Memory (HKM) is a multi-media web site that gives free and open access to digitized materials on Hong Kong’s history, culture and heritage. The materials include text documents, photographs, posters, sound recordings, motion pictures and videos.
- Hong Kong Baptist University Library – the Kwong Kai Ming collection
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