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

Place(s):

Pekin, China (Place created)

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.

Provenance

The Wilson Centre for Photography LLC

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