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Panorama of Peking, Taken from the South Gate, Leading into the Chinese City

Felice Beatonegative October 1860; print 1862

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Taken during the Second Opium War, this 180- degree panorama of Peking (present-day Beijing) seems both to witness and to celebrate the takeover of the Chinese capital by British and French troops. The view is centered on the Da Qing Gate, a passage leading to the Imperial City. The monument to its left is the west wing of the Wu (Meridian) Gate, the main entrance to the Forbidden City.

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  • Title: Panorama of Peking, Taken from the South Gate, Leading into the Chinese City
  • Creator: Felice Beato, Henry Hering
  • Date: negative October 1860; print 1862
  • Location Created: Pekin, China
  • Physical Dimensions: Other: 22.3 x 29.2 cm (8 3/4 x 11 1/2 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: 2007.26.198.31
  • Markings: Recto (mount): separate label affixed to lower right corner, imprinted in black ink, "28H Panorama of Pekin, taken from the South Gate leading into / the Chinese City, October, 1860. (In six pieces.)" ['In six pieces' in italics] Recto (print, first image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, [obscured] Recto (print, second image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, "H282" [the last '2' is small numeral, raised] Recto (print, third image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, "H283" ['3' is small numeral, raised] Recto (print, fourth image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, "H284" ['4' is small numeral, raised] Recto (print, fifth image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, "H285" ['5' is small numeral, raised] Recto (print, sixth image): inscribed in negative at lower right corner, "H286" ['6' is small numeral, raised]
  • Inscription: Recto (mount): upper right corner, in pencil, "31 / ABCDEF" Verso (mount): lower left edge, sideways to the right, in pencil, "31 ABCDE"; lower left edge, in pencil, ".25" Verso (print, first image): lower left corner, in pencil, "1F [encircled with an 'x' through it] [space] 31F" Verso (print, second image): lower left corner, in pencil, "1e [encircled with an 'x' through it] [space] 31E" Verso (print, third image): lower left edge, in pencil, "1c [encircled with an 'x' through it] [space] 31D Verso (print, fourth image): lower left corner, in pencil, "1d [encircled with an 'x' through it] / 31c" Verso (print, fifth image): lower left corner, in pencil, "31B [space] 1A [encircled with an 'x' through it] Verso (print, sixth image): lower left corner, in pencil, "EX.2000.1.31"; lower left edge, in pencil, "1b [encircled with an 'x' through it] [space] 31A"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Credit Line: Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Classification: Photographs

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