Interior of Fort McKee

Felice Beatoabout June 11, 1871

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In a two-day assault, American forces captured and destroyed five forts and killed more than 240 Korean soldiers. Fort McKee was the site of the main offensive. There Beato arranged rebel corpses to create macabre photographs of the battlefields, in a style reminiscent of his work in India and China.

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  • Title: Interior of Fort McKee
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: about June 11, 1871
  • Location Created: Korea
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.6 x 29.6 cm (9 5/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2007.26.108
  • Inscription: Recto (partial original mount): separate brown-colored paper label affixed to lower center below image, in pencil: at center, "In the large fort, taken within five minutes after it was stormed / by the officers & crew of the 'Colorado' & c - no Corean [sic] was left alive in this fort" Verso (later mount): lower right corner, in pencil, "5"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Credit Line: Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Classification: Photographs