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The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces

Felice Beato6/1/1871

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

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.

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Details

  • Title: The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: 6/1/1871
  • Location Created: Korea
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.4 cm (10 5/16 x 8 7/16 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: 2007.26.199.46
  • Markings: Recto (mount): lower right below image, in black ink, "46"; lower center below image, in black ink, "The Flag of the Commander in Chief of / the Corean [sic] Forces captured in Fort McKee / by two Marines under Captain Tilton"
  • Inscription: Verso (mount): lower right edge, in pencil, Wilson inventory number, "99:6499:46"
  • 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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