Emily Georgiana Kemp

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Emily Georgiana Kemp
The face of China, travels in East, North, Central and Western China; with some account of the new schools, universities, missions, and the old religious sacred places of Confucianism, Buddhism, and (14779571345).jpg
Kemp as shown in the preface to her book The Face of China (1909)
Born 1860
Died 1939
Nationality British
Occupation Writer, artist

Emily Georgiana Kemp (1860–1939) was a British adventurer, artist and writer. She was awarded the Grande Médaille de Vermeil by the French Geographical Society for her 1921 work Chinese Mettle.[1]


Kemp was a Baptist from a wealthy industrialist family, and one of the first students at Somerville College, Oxford. She continued her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art.[2]

She travelled in China, Korea, India, central Asia and the Amazon, sketching, painting and writing, with a focus on the education and welfare of women, and their role in religion.

Kemp was friendly with the theologian Marcus Dods, the explorer Francis Younghusband and Albert Schweitzer. She donated the chapel at Somerville College as a "house of prayer for all people" (that is, of all religions).[2]


  • The Face of China (1909)
  • The Face of Manchuria, Korea and Russian Turkestan (1910)
  • Wanderings in Chinese Turkestan (1914)
  • Reminiscences of a Sister, S. Florence Edwards, of Taiyuanfu (1920)
  • Chinese Mettle (1921)
  • There Followed Him, Women (1927)


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  2. ^ a b "Cracking the chapel code", by Daniel Moulin, Somerville Magazine, 2013, pp. 12-3

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