Fang Zhaoling

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Statue of Fang Zhaoling in the Hong Kong University Museum

Fang Zhaoling (Chinese: 方召麐, 17 January 1914 – 20 February 2006) was a Chinese painter and calligrapher. She was the mother of Hong Kong politician Anson Chan.

Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, she lost her father when she was very young. With the support of her mother Fang began studying calligraphy and painting. In her teens, the young artist was sent to the U.K. to pursue her studies.[1] She studied under great artists like Chang Dai-chien and attended both the University of Hong Kong and Oxford University in the U.K.

Fang continued to work throughout her 80s and, in 1996, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hong Kong. In 2005, Fang and her family donated more than 40 of her works to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Fang knew Fang Shin-hau (方心誥; 1913 – 1950), the son of well-known anti-Japanese general Fang Cheng-wu, when she was studying in the UK and married him in 1938. She bored him eight children. Fang escaped with her family to Guilin, Tianjin and Shanghai in China due to war and resettled in Hong Kong in 1948. She was widowed in 1950. Her eight children were:


  1. ^ a b "Chinese painter Fang Zhaoling dies". CBC News. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2010.