Portrait of Lee Eng Lee

This is a portrait of Lee Eng Lee, the paternal grandmother of Singapore Peranakan playwright Robert Yeo. It is a hand-coloured photograph of the subject in a baju panjang fastened with a set of diamond brooches or kerosang. Her ears are adorned with diamond earrings and her bun is held in place by hairpins.Robert Yeo was born in 1940 to a Peranakan family and grew up with his grandparents in their family homes in Haig Road and Valley Road in Hougang. He has been lauded as being “the most Singaporean of Singaporean writers”.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 48 x 37 cm, Frame size: 40.9 x 55.5 x 2.3 cm
Accession No.
2015-00211
Material
Hand coloured photograph, wood, paper
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Paintings