The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces

Object Details

Title:

The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces

Artist/Maker(s):

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

British

Place(s):

Korea (Place created)

Date:

June 1871

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

26.2 x 21.4 cm (10 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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Here three military officers pose in front of a Korean flag they captured at Fort McKee. The mission was essentially a failure, resulting in unnecessary deaths and failed negotiations between the United States and Korea. Commissioned to make photographs for the Americans, Beato perpetuated the illusion of victory.

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