East Asian Collections, #32


  32.  Jo Davidson (1883-1952).  Portrait of V. K. Wellington Koo. Paris, Valsuani Foundry, signed by the artist, 1920. Bronze, (60.5 x 25.5 x 23 cm.) -- RBML, Art Collection (See fuller description below.)
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V. K. Wellington Koo (1888-1985) graduated from Columbia College in 1908, also receiving from Columbia an AM in 1909, a PhD in 1912 and a LL D in 1917. This bust portrait, depicting Koo at the beginning of his diplomatic career, was one of a number of portraits sculpted by Jo Davidson in 1920 of the delegates to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. RBML is also the repository for Dr. Koo's papers, including correspondence, diaries, memoranda, manuscripts, notes, printed material, and photographs, that he gave to Columbia in 1976. They document his work in many areas, including as the Republic of China's ambassador to France (1932-1941), to England (1941-1946), the United Nations (1944-1946), and the United States (1946-1956).