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The Great Imperial Porcelain Palace, Yuen-Ming-Yuen, Peking
Pekin, China (Place created)
negative October 18, 1860; print 1862
Albumen silver print
25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in.)
Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
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.