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Treasury Street, Canton
Canton, China (Place created)
negative April 1860; print 1862
Albumen silver print
30.5 x 25 cm (12 x 9 13/16 in.)
Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
When Beato arrived in China, he began recording local life. In April, while waiting for the British and French forces to prepare the upcoming offensive, he went to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) to photograph major monuments, such as the Nine-Storied Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple built in 537, as well as more vernacular subjects like the lively shops of Treasury Street.