Now, really, I was struck very strongly by her appearance…Erect with a tremendous will power, more than I have ever seen in a human being. Hard, firm will and thinking lines, and with all that a brow full of kindness and love for the beautiful. I fell straight in love with her.
- Hubert Vos, writing about the Empress Dowager Cixi from Peking, June 28, 1905
Hubert Vos (1855-1935)