Henry Hope Crealock (1831–1891), was an army officer and an accomplished artist, "his sketches of scenes in the Indian mutiny, China campaign, and Anglo-Zulu War are valuable records" (ODNB). Beato first met Crealock in the Crimea along with other British officers, whose careers took them on to India in 1857 and on to China in 1860. "While topographical work absorbed most of Beato's time, he also made portraits of the leading British generals ... as well as many of the British officers, including Crealock ... In addition to architecture and portraiture, Beato also produced copy work for the British ... he supplied photographic copies of drawings and sketches, which Crealock had made of the relief of Lucknow and the 1858 campaigns." The India campaign series photographed by Beato was published by Hogarth in 1861 (see lot 258). It may be surmised from this that Beato also photographed this series of Crealock's sketches made in China.
General Gerald Graham (1831-99) who was present at the signing of the treaty with the Chinese Emperor’s brother, Prince Kung wrote in his diary (published 1901, pp.195-6) for the 24th Oct. 1860: “I wonder what the Chinamen thought of Signor Beato’s curtained camera when first brought to bear on them! At the end a photograph was taken of the whole group, Crealock with great assurance sticking himself in the centre. Prince Kung’s long, sallow, sour, hairless face was in a strong light, and he sat immovably." The following day Graham records "The photograph has turned out a failure, and I am concerned Prince Kung won’t sit for another." Fortunately Beato had another opportunity to photograph Prince Kung after he had met Lord Elgin on the 2 November; at this sitting it is possible that Crealock was also present and produced his sketch of Kung, which Beato later photographed for Crealock as part of this published series of sketches (see image at Sothebys.com).
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