Portrait of Mrs. Lee Choon Guan

This is a photograph portrait of Tan Teck Neo, daughter of Tan Keong Saik and second wife of Lee Choon Guan. She was, like her husband and father-in-law, relentless in her charity work, which often put her in the limelight. In 1915, Mrs. Lee founded the Chinese Ladies' Association (renamed the Chinese Women's Association in 1960). Three years later, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her charitable works and for her contributions to the British Red Cross during the First World War. Mrs. Lee was also well known for throwing lavish parties for the rich and famous, and these social events brought the Chinese and the British communities together at a time when interactions between them were rare.