Finding Aid for Views of Shanghai, Canton and Peking, 1870-1888

Beth Ann Guynn


Descriptive Summary

Title: Views of Shanghai, Canton and Peking
Date (inclusive): 1870-1888
Number: 2004.R.14
Physical Description: 1 box (9 photographic prints)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
reference@getty.edu
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: Photographs taken in the cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton) and Beijing (Peking), in the 1870s and 1880s.
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Language: Collection material is in French

Biographical/Historical Note

The photographs in this collection were taken in China by various photographers, known and unknown, in the 1870s and 1880s.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Views of Shanghai, Canton and Peking, 1870-1888, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 2004.R.14.
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2004r14

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2004.

Processing History

Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Finding aid revised by Guynn in 2019.

Digitized Material

The collection was digitized in 2019 and the images are available online:
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2004r14

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains mounted albumen photographs taken in the cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton) and Beijing (Peking) in the 1870s and 1880s. The images of Shanghai include a street scene in the French concession, a stage set for a Chinese theatrical production, and an installation shot of consumer goods such as Chinese porcelain, statuary, wooden implements, and other folk objects on display in the Shanghai Municipal Council in the foreign settlement (attributed to William Saunders).
Images related to Guangzhou include a dealer's display of Cantonese furniture, a view of the private rock garden of a Hong merchant, and an interior view of a Cantonese flower boat or floating brothel by Emil Rusfeldt. Beijing is represented by a view of a covered bridge on Wan-Shou-Shan (Longevity Hill), that leads to a pavillion in the old Summer Palace. Also included are a two studio portraits: one depicts three Cantonese actors, while the other, attributed to Saunders, depicts two Shanghai courtesans.
Two of the photographs are attributed to William Saunders; one is by Emil Rusfeldt (Riisfeldt), and the rest are by unidentified makers.
Mounts are wet stamped in upper right corners; captions are handwritten on mounts below in French. Titles of images are taken from the captions.

Arrangement

No discernible original order; arranged by cataloger.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Portraits, Chinese
Gardens -- China -- Beijing
Gardens -- China -- Guangzhou
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery -- China
Streets -- China -- Concession française de Shanghai
Furniture -- China -- Guangzhou
Courtesans -- China
Brothels -- China
Actors -- China

Subjects - Places

Guangzhou (China) -- Description and travel
Beijing (China) -- Description and travel
Concession française de Shanghai -- Description and travel
Shanghai (China) -- Description and travel
Yihe Yuan (Beijing, China) -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints -- China -- 19th century
Studio portraits -- China -- 19th century

Contributors

Saunders, William, fl.
Rusfeldt, Emil


Container List

box 1

2004.R.14-1 Shang-haï, Creek dans la concession française, after 1874

Scope and Content Note

Wet stamp in upper right corner: 32.
box 1

2004.R.14-2 William Saunders, attributed, Shang-haï, scène d'un théâtre chinois, circa 1876-1878

Scope and Content Note

Stage of a Chinese theater. Nineteenth-century copy print shot from original print; published in Far East. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 38.
box 1

2004.R.14-3 Emil Rusfeldt, Shang-haï, vue d'intérieur chez un riche chinois, undated

Scope and Content Note

Interior of a flower boat, Canton. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 39.
box 1

2004.R.14-4 Shang-haï, intérieur du City Hall, undated

Scope and Content Note

Shanghai Municipal Council, foreign settlement, showing displays of Chinese porcelain, statuary, wooden implements and other items. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 41.
box 1

2004.R.14-5 Meubles sculptés de Canton, undated

Scope and Content Note

Wet stamp in upper right corner: 42.
box 1

2004.R.14-6 Prêtres chinois, late 1860s-early 1870s

Scope and Content Note

Cantonese actors or opera players. Nineteenth-century copy print. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 46.
box 1

2004.R.14-7 William Saunders, attributed, Chanteuses chinoises, undated

Scope and Content Note

Shanghai courtesans. Nineteenth-century copy print. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 48.
box 1

2004.R.14-8 Jardin privé à Canton, undated

Scope and Content Note

Garden of a Hong merchant. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 51.
box 1

2004.R.14-9 Environs de Pékin, jardins de Wan-Shou-Shan, 1860s-1880s

Scope and Content Note

View of a covered bridge in the Summer Palace. Wet stamp in upper right corner: 52.