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Payne (Oskar Birkett) views of China
2004.R.2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Oscar Birkett Payne Views of China
    Date (inclusive): circa 1924-circa 1929
    Number: 2004.R.2
    Creator/Collector: Payne, Oscar Birkett
    Physical Description: 14 Linear Feet (24 boxes)
    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: The collection of glass and nitrate negatives contains almost 1,000 views of Shanghai and surrounding areas taken by Oscar Birkett Payne, especially documenting sites and scenes along the waterways going as far north as Ningbo (Ningpo) and Hangzhou (Hangchow). The geographical area represented comprises the provinces of Jiangsu (Kiangsu) and Zhejiang (Chekiang), and includes the towns or districts of Anting (Anking), Nanxiang (Nanshiang), Suzhou (Soochow), Songjiang (Sungkiang), Haining, Hangzhou, Jiaxing (Kashing), and Ningbo, as well as the city of Shanghai.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical / Historical

    Oscar Birkett Payne was an interior decorator employed by the Shanghai furnishing firm of Hall, Hotz & Co.

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified reserchers. The nitrate negatives are restricted; copy print surrogates are to be used instead.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Oscar Birkett Payne Views of China, circa 1924-circa 1929, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2004.R.2.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2004r2

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Joan and Clark Worswick.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Jan Bender and Beth Ann Guynn in 2005. At that time Bender wrote a preliminary box list. Guynn wrote the finding aid in 2018.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Series I., Nitrate negatives was digitized in 2018 and the images are available online:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2004r2_d387156b428e2b1b2d2468a1d15a747a

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection of glass and nitrate negatives contains almost 1,000 views of Shanghai and surrounding areas taken by Oscar Birkett Payne, especially documenting sites and scenes along the waterways going as far north as Ningbo (Ningpo) and Hangzhou (Hangchow). The geographical area represented comprises the provinces of Jiangsu (Kiangsu) and Zhejiang (Chekiang), and includes the towns or districts of Anting (Anking), Nanxiang (Nanshiang), Suzhou (Soochow), Songjiang (Sungkiang), Haining, Hangzhou, Jiaxing (Kashing), and Ningbo, as well as the city of Shanghai. Views of Shanghai include the old Chinese city as well as the European commercial center along the river known as the Shanghai Bund. Hebei (Hopei) province is respresented in a map of Nakow pass and a view of the Great Wall.
    Included are views of the countryside, canals and rivers, bridges, junks, city walls, houses, local agricultural practices, pagodas, temples, Buddhist sculptures, markets, and cloud studies. The views of temples, pagodas, and their contents are especially valuable to researchers, as they capture the religious sites at a particular moment in time before many were destroyed by war or fire during the upheavals of the Chinese revolution in the late 1920s.
    There are numerous portraits of Buddhist priests, many holding religious implements such as ruyi scholar wands and prayer beads. Many of the priests are from the Tiger Hill Pagoda. Candid and posed portraits of local inhabitants include studies of men, women, children, and family groups from various walks of life and of various ages. They are shown engaged in a wide variety of daily activities such as ploughing, weaving, smoking and drinking tea, selling their wares, and making shoes. Several images include Western men or women; Oscar Birkett Payne can be identified in a few images.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Nitrate negatives, circa 1924-circa 1929; Series II. Glass negatives, circa 1924-circa 1929.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Long hua si (Shanghai, China)

    Subjects - Topics

    Buddhist architecture -- China
    Architecture, Domestic -- China
    Buddhism -- Liturgical objects -- China
    Buddhist monks -- China -- Portraits
    City walls -- China
    Indigeneous peoples -- China
    Junks -- China
    Landscapes -- China
    Pagodas -- China
    Buddhist temples -- China

    Subjects - Places

    Great Wall of China (China) -- Description and travel
    China -- Description and travel
    Hebei Sheng (China) -- Description and travel
    Jiangsu Sheng (China) -- Description and travel
    Zhejiang Sheng (China) -- Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Dry collodion negatives -- China -- 20th century
    Gelatin silver negatives -- China -- 20th century
    Lantern slides -- China -- 20th century
    Photographs, Original

    Contributors

    Payne, Oscar Birkett