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Panorama of Peking, Taken from the South Gate, Leading into the Chinese City
Pekin, China (Place created)
negative October 1860; print 1862
Albumen silver print
Other: 22.3 x 29.2 cm (8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
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.