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Child, Thomas
EIGHT GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES AND ONE GLASS PLATE POSITIVE OF PEOPLE AND VIEWS IN BEIJING. [CHINA, C.1876-C.1887]
9 GELATINE DRY PLATES, comprising 8 glass plate negatives  (252 x 201mm., or the reverse), and one glass plate contact positive (175 x 228mm.), by Thomas Child, three signed and dated by Child, preserved in an archival folding box, some wear and damage and loss to glass and emulsion, 4 of the broken plates conserved and preserved between cover glass

Together with a set of 9 albumen prints (200 x 250mm., or the reverse) made from digital negatives of the original plates in July 2018 by the Centre for Photographic Conservation, London, each print preserved in an archival polyester sleeve


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Provenance

Acquired in the 1960s by the present owner from a house in Kent

Catalogue Note

VERY RARE. THE ONLY KNOWN SURVIVING ORIGINAL NEGATIVES OF CHINA BY THOMAS CHILD, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKING IN BEIJING IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

The images depict: 1. Two seated monks with a table shrine; 2. A Chinese bridge and gate (in the Forbidden city?); 3. Path to Ming Tombs; 4. A Chinese family of five adults and two children; 5. City walls and dwellings; 6. A group of Chinese with two sledges on a frozen lake [positive image on glass]; 7. A sedan chair and carriers outside a Chinese building; 8. A group of Chinese school girls with their teacher; 9. A group of four street traders or beggars and two children.

The original plates are offered together with a complete set of recently commissioned albumen prints, the medium in which prints would have been made from the negatives by Child.

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