An extremely rare and long 13-plate panorama of Shanghai Bund taken c.1873 and attributed to Cammidge, together with 25 photographic views of the region.
It is highly probable that this is the large panorama mentioned in the North China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette on 6th June 1874: 'We have seen an excellent photographic view of Shanghai taken by Mr H.C. Cammidge. It is taken in thirteen sections, which fit together and form a complete picture of the river front, from Dent's Godowns to the top of the junks' (quoted by Bennett, p.125).
This panorama can be dated quite accurately as it shows various buildings under construction, including the twin Fogg Buildings (plate 5) completed in 1873 (replacing their earlier building demolished in 1872), and the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (plate 6) completed in 1875.
This sweeping panorama shows the whole of Shanghai Bund from the Chinese town in the distance in the first section to the Seaman's chapel near Pootung (Pudong) in the final part. Notable buildings include the French Consulate (plate 4), St Joseph's Church and the Shanghai Club (plate 5), the Kelly and Walsh building, the old Customs House, the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank under construction (plate 6), the Oriental Bank (plate 7), the Jardine Matheson building, Masonic Hall, British Consulate and bandstand (plate 8), the Garden Bridge over Soochow Creek and Astor House (pt.9), the American Consulate (plate 10), the American Church, Hongkew Creek, Dry Dock, Old Dock Foundry (plate11), and the Seaman's Chapel (plate13). The shipping in the image includes junks, sailing vessels, steam ships and paddle steamers including the Hang Chow, Fusi Yama, Fire Queen and Peking.
Cammidge was born in York in 1839. He is recorded in Shanghai in 1861 when he joined the Imperial Maritime Customs Service, where he worked until 1866. In 1867 he is recorded as a commercial photographer and by the 1870s was advertising photographs for sale, however he suffered from financial problems and endured various court cases, which may have led to his early death in 1874.
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