(British, 1834–c. 1900)
Image: 21.7 x 29 cm (8 9/16 x 11 7/16 in.); Paper: 21.7 x 29 cm (8 9/16 x 11 7/16 in.); Mounted: 27.5 x 35.2 cm (10 13/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2020.231
Hong Kong, a relatively barren island when ceded to the British in 1842, rapidly evolved from a free port to a British crown colony and mercantile center.
Hong Kong’s growth, coupled with the heavy traffic of visitors brought by maritime commerce, attracted numerous foreign and Chinese photographers who documented the city’s dramatic and rapid urbanization. The main customers for such views were Westerners—colonists, sailors, merchants, and visitors—rather than Chinese. In this view, the City Hall and St. John’s Cathedral tower over the harbor full of ships in the background.
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