This photograph features the Cheah family of Penang, with grandparents at the centre flanked by female members at the front and male members standing behind. From the early 20th century, the Victorian convention of large family portraits of three or four generations also became popular in the Straits Settlements. This photo is part of a large group of framed photographs which provides important visual documentation of the fashion, studio photography and lifestyle of Peranakans of the Straits Settlements and Indonesia in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. Studio photography possibly reached Singapore and the region in the mid 1800s, and Peranakans were among the earliest clients.

around 1950s
Frame size: 35.8 x 43.6 x 1.1 cm, Image size: 22.8 x 29.5 cm, Image size: 32 x 39.8 cm (Mount size)
Accession No.
paper, wood, glass
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
Photographs and Negatives