|Current List 209A
Aiko Gyoso (Maekawa Bunzo comp.):
Arce, Dr. Jose; drawings by Schiff:
Argence, Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d':
Art Institute of Chicago; Wang Tao ed:
Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing University:
CHINESE PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. N.p. (Tianjin?), 1900-1909. 188 original gelatin silver print photographs. 34x27 cm. Lacquer album
The album starts with 10 photographs featuring German military personnel at sites in and around the town of Beidaihe (the first photograph shows German officers at a railway station in front of the sign 'Peitaiho' (Beidaihe)). Followed by 6 photographs at places in Peking including the Summer Palace, Coal Hill and city gates.
Then 4 photos of Tianjin, including the pagoda of the Government Mint and the river front with colonial buildings and junks on the water.
Continues with 8 photographs of destruction of buildings caused by the Boxers, presumably at the German legation in Peking.
All the previous photographs measure 10x14cm. - 4 to a page.
There are then 54 photographs measuring 7x10cm (mostly 9 to a page) showing predominantly photographs of the streets and sights of Tianjin intermingled with photographs of Peking.
The following page then shows 6 photographs of officers and other personnel from various countries including Sikhs and Japanese.
Next comes 2 pages with a total of 16 studio photographs showing Chinese prostitutes dressed in their finery.
After this is one page with 9 photographs of sights of Tianjin and its surrounds.
The photographs then switch to a larger format (14x20cm) presumably taken at a later date. Seven pages with 2 photographs to a page show buildings, military columns on the march, military groups by the seashore at Beidaihe etc.
Two full page photographs show a funeral attended by many men in military uniform.
The final 16 pages contain photos of varying but good sizes showing a variety of themes from the sights of Tianjin and Peking and the surrounding areas to street scenes, executions, groups of military officers.
A total of 188 original photographs.
The content of the album ranges in date from 1900 to 1909. The earlier photographs are definitely taken in the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion when the Eight Nation Army relieved the sieges of Peking and Tianjin. The last photograph bears a date of 1909 on a board in the image.
We suspect that the photographs were most probably taken by a German military official stationed in the Tianjin area.
The album is in good condition. The black and silver lacquered boards bear a design of a writhing dragon in silver on the front. There is some wear to the back cover and the album has been rebacked.
The photographs are generally fine with just occasional light soiling and fading. There is some browning to a number of the album pages on which the photographs are mounted.
The album is of considerable merit in that the majority of the photographs are of sights and scenes other than the more 'usual' sights of Beijing and Shanghai. Original photography of Tianjin and the surrounding area has always been very rare. Of further interest for the Boxer Rebellion and for the record of German activity in the Tianjin area in the first decade of the 20th century. A unique album. Images available on request.
Subjects: Photography Boxer Rebellion
Item 6 in List 209.
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