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Korea--Beato, Felice
A COLLECTION OF THIRTEEN PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BATTLE OF GANGHWA, SOUTH KOREA, 1871. [C.1871] 
12 albumen prints, one gold-toned albumen print (from 170 x 260 to 235 x 290mm., or the reverse), one mounted on thick card, others loose, one with tears to edges, slight fading or spotting
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Literature

Bennett, Korea: Caught in Time, 1997, pp.26-55

Catalogue Note

RARE AND FINE collection of photographs by Felice Beato, considered to be the first war photographer.

The Battle of Ganghwa was the result of a conflict between the Joseon dynasty and the United States in 1871. It ensued after a peaceful American mission to establish trade in Korea. Upon arrival, the mission came under fire, and armed conflict ensued. The battle to capture the forts on Ganghwa Island was the largest skirmish of the conflict. 243 Koreans were killed, and 20 were captured. The American forces won the battle, but the Koreans would not begin trade with them until later. 

The views include: Interior of Fort McKee, Korean Officials onboard the Colorado, The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces, US officers and steamboats.

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