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Hu Shih (1891-1962)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1946
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 40 x 32 in. ( 101.6 x 81.3 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1948.470
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Marks: signature and date: lower right: "Albert Smith '46"

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Hu Shih was born in Shanghai and educated at Cornell University and Columbia. He was a research fellow of the China Foundation until 1938 when he was appointed ambassador to the United States, a position he held until 1942. He subsequently became a chief advisor to Chiang Kai-shek and in 1946, the year in which this portrait was painted, became chancellor of Peking University.