Panorama of Peking, Taken from the South Gate, Leading into the Chinese City

Object Details

Title:

Panorama of Peking, Taken from the South Gate, Leading into the Chinese City

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Henry Hering (British, 1814 - 1893)

Culture:

British

Date:

negative October 1860; print 1862

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

Other: 22.3 x 29.2 cm (8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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Taken during the Second Opium War, this 180- degree panorama of Peking (present-day Beijing) seems both to witness and to celebrate the takeover of the Chinese capital by British and French troops. The view is centered on the Da Qing Gate, a passage leading to the Imperial City. The monument to its left is the west wing of the Wu (Meridian) Gate, the main entrance to the Forbidden City.

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, (Tokyo), March 6 to May 6, 2012