This is an genuine Qing / Ching Dynasty painting of a Mr Sim, an fifth grade imperial official. He is wearing a court robe with 4-clawed dragons, a Qing official hat with a crystal tip, and sitting on a tiger skin, symbolizing his high status back then - this is corroborated by the Chinese words written on the scroll which reads "portrait of his highness Mr Sim, a Feng Zheng Da Fu decreed by the Emperor's order".
Size: 5.5 ft * 2.8 ft - can be rolled up into a scroll.
Status: An official of the fifth grade is equivalent to that of a city mayor, which is a mid-level official of the imperial court. Such a status was not easy to obtain. Typically, one has to compete with tens of thousands of candidates in multiple levels of imperial exams to obtain a scholar status, and is thereafter awarded a seventh grade post. Then, one gets promoted accordingly.
Origin: the previous owner brought this painting 25 years ago from a London dealer, and he got it from from the estate of an old chap whose grandfather served in the British Regiment that waged wars against the ancient Qing Empire. This painting was one of his souvenirs from ancient China.
Condition: please note that both the painting and the scroll are old. However, more than 100 years ago, the painting of Mr Sim was cut off from the original painting (that could be bigger and involved more figures) and pasted here onto this scroll - probably for the purpose of placing in a family altar for ancestral worship. The painting is preserved in good condition- although half of the tip of his hat was later drawn on the paper (as the cutting and pasting back then was probably not perfect), and there is also a small tearing on the top left corner as shown in the photo. The condition of the whole scroll- the natural aging is testament to its genuineness and old age. Authenticity and age are guaranteed.