Untitled (View on the Praya, looking east, Hong Kong)

William Pryor Floyd (British, 1834–c. 1900)1866-73

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Floyd’s views of Hong Kong possess a clarity of organization and elegance lacking in most of his competitors’ photographs. The row of white, Western-style commercial buildings divides the composition horizontally into thirds. In the foreground are water and a single Chinese boat that leads the eye to the closest building. The crisp cubic forms of the buildings stand out against the uniformly dark hillside that serves as their backdrop.

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  • Title: Untitled (View on the Praya, looking east, Hong Kong)
  • Creator: William Pryor Floyd (British, 1834–c. 1900)
  • Date Created: 1866-73
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 19.2 x 26.9 cm (7 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 19.2 x 26.9 cm (7 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Mounted: 25.5 x 26.9 cm (10 1/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Alexander Young Herries [1827-1918], (Pump Park Vintage Photography, Co. Down, Ireland), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2020.233
  • Medium: albumen print
  • Fun Fact: Praya, a term used in colonial Hong Kong for the road by the waterfront, came from the Portuguese word <em>praia</em>, which means "beach."
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Sundry Art - Photography Fund
  • Collection: PH - British 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 2020.233

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