The J. Paul Getty Museum

Interior of the Angle of North Fort

Object Details

Title:

Interior of the Angle of North Fort

Artist/Maker:

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

British

Place:

China (Place Created)

Date:

August 21-22, 1860

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XA.886.5.15

Dimensions:

24.4 × 30 cm (9 5/8 × 11 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

Beato photographed the North Taku Fort shortly after its capture, creating a sequence of eight views in order to vividly re-create the event. A British military physician, Dr. David F. Rennie, recalled in his memoir of the campaign: "I passed into the fort, and a distressing scene of carnage disclosed itself. . . . Signor Beato was here in great excitement, characterising the group as 'beautiful, ' and begging that it might not be interfered with until perpetuated by his photographic apparatus, which was done a few minutes afterwards. "

Provenance
Provenance
1984 -

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (December 7, 2010 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Chiyoda-Kn, Tokyo), March 6 to May 6, 2012
Bibliography
Bibliography

Worswick, Clark and Jonathan Spence. Imperial China: Photographs 1850-1912 (New York: Pennwick Publishing, 1978), p. 36.

Cameron, Nigel and L. Carrington Goodrich. The Face of China as Seen by Photographers & Travelers, 1860-1912. (Millerton: Aperture, 1978), p. 36.