Photograph of Tan Beng Wan in gold-coloured frame

This photograph shows Tan Beng Wan (1851-1891) wearing traditional Han Chinese dress of a jacket (magua) and long robe (changpao). He poses in what is likely to be a photographic studio, leaning against a draped balustrade. Tan Beng Wan was the eldest son of Tan Kim Tian, with whom he founded Tan Kim Tian and Son Steamship Company in 1871. The firm was one of the first in Singapore to buy and build ships. He also served as Municipal Commissioner from 1888 until his death. This photograph came from the collection of Botan House, the ancestral home built by Tan Kim Tian.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
Found in Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 57.7 x 44.0 cm, Frame size: 71.5 x 58.0 cm
Accession No.
2017-00930
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of the estate of Tan Cheng Siang
Category
Photographs and Negatives