The Great Imperial Porcelain Palace, Yuen-Ming-Yuen, Peking

Object Details

Title:

The Great Imperial Porcelain Palace, Yuen-Ming-Yuen, Peking

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 18, 1860; print 1862

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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On October 7, 1860, the French and British troops reached the Summer Palace to find that Emperor Xianfeng (1831-1861) had fled. In retaliation for Chinese mistreatment of British prisoners, the imperial residence, known for its magnificent architecture and rich art collection, was looted and later burned.

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