A paddle steamer, with Chinese characters on its side, is pulled up to a wharf in Canton. Surrounding the wharf are sampans and wooden shacks. On the opposite river bank are buildings on stilts over the water and large warehouses.


  • Title: [Urban river view]
  • Creator: Lai, Afong
  • Date Created: about 1870
  • Location Created: Canton, China; Guangzhou, China
  • Physical Dimensions: 21 × 27.3 cm (8 1/4 × 10 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XO.1356.29
  • Culture: Chinese
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Lai, Afong (Chinese, about 1839 - 1890)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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