The two albums titled Bo lan
Zhonghua tu zhi document the lifestyle of the British foreign service community in
Beijing, Tianjin (Tientsin), Hankou (Hankow), Jiujiang, and Yantai (Chefoo), and also
include views of well-known monuments and sites in Beijing, Hankou, and Ningbo (Ningpo)
during the late nineteenth-century.
The British diplomat, Herbert Francis Brady (1854-1924), had a long career in the British
foreign service. Stationed in China, he started out as a student interpreter in 1876, and
went on to hold senior posts in Jiujiang (Kiukiang), Huangpu, Yichang (Ichang), and
Shanghai, culminating with his appointment as Consul General in Fuzhou (Foochow), the
principal Chinese port, in 1906.
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