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Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

(1899-1992), Former wife of Count Hoey Stoker, and later wife of Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo; daughter of Oei Tiong Ham (Oei Tyong Han)

Sitter in 6 portraits
Born 'Hui-Lan' meaning 'meteor heavenly orchid' in recognition of the sighting of one at the time of her birth. Her marriage to Chinese diplomat and politician Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo, was announced in November 1920 whilst he 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. Vogue saluted Madame Koo as a 'citizen of the world' for her enlightened approach to promoting goodwill between East and West. 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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Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei), by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé - NPG Ax132958

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

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

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x120943

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

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

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei) with Yu-chang Koo, by Oscar Hardee (Oscar Hardee Blyfield), for  Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x45435

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei) with Yu-chang Koo

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

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei), by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137761

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

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

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83698

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, December 1943
NPG x83698

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

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

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Mr.Sariputra Sumana

04 April 2016, 03:44

1. 'Hui Lan' means "Compassionate Orchid" not 'heavenly meteor' 2. Oei Hui Lan was born in 1889 not 1899, died 1992 at 103 years. 3. She had a living grandson in New York named Mr Richard Koo. 4. When did she marry Count Hoey Stoker??

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