Aug 13, 2020
Aug 13, 2020

Untitled (General view of Hong Kong from the Scandal Point looking west)

Untitled (General view of Hong Kong from the Scandal Point looking west)

1866-73

William Pryor Floyd

(British, 1834–c. 1900)

Albumen print

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

Location

Did you know?

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.

Description

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.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Medium: 
Albumen print

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