Treasury Street, Canton
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Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

Felice Beato, photographer; Henry Hering, printer
British, Canton, China, negative April 1860, print 1862
Albumen silver print
12 x 9 13/16 in.

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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.