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Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei) (1899-1992), Wife of Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo, former wife of Count Hoey Stoker; daughter of Oei Tiong Ham (Oei Tyong Han)

Sitter in 6 portraits
Hui-lan Oei was the daughter of Chinese businessman Oei Tiong Ham. Her marriage to Chinese diplomat and politician Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo, was announced in November 1920 whilst Wellington Koo was Chinese Minister to the United States. In early 1921, Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo was appointed the Chinese Minister to Great Britain and they lived in London until June 1946, though they divorced shortly after the Second World War. In addition to posing for photographer Hoppé, Madame Wellington Koo was also painted by Slade graduate, Leon Underwood. She wrote two memoirs, Hui-Lan Koo (Mrs. Wellington Koo): An Autobiography (1945) and No Feast Lasts Forever (1975).

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x45435

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei) with baby

by Oscar Hardee (Oscar Hardee Blyfield), for Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage bromide print, 1920-1922
NPG x45435

Ax132958

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
photogravure, 1921
NPG Ax132958

x120943

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 22 April 1921
NPG x120943

x137761

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1940s
NPG x137761

x83698

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, December 1943
NPG x83698

x137592

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Bertram Park
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 14 February 1945
NPG x137592