"Curiosity is the only good quality which I ever possessed"
China and Australia
After Korea, Savage Landor visited some of the most important Chinese cities (Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau) before proceeding to Australia and then to Ceylon, the last stage before to come back to London. Apart from the publication of the book about the Ainu, in England Savage Landor had the time to became a member of the Royal Geographic Society, to design and patent his first airplane, and to made the knowledge of the famous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) who, according to what Savage Landor wrote in his autobiography, appreciated the young Anglo-Florentine not only for his recent experiences in Asia but also for his talent as a painter. Despite the age difference, the two artists became closely acquainted. In that same period – and very probably thanks also to his friendship with Whistler, at that time a leading art figure in London – he organized an exhibition of his paintings in the Old Grosvenor Gallery in Bond Street.