Aug 13, 2020
Aug 13, 2020

Untitled (Hong Kong, St. John’s Cathedral, from the Parade Ground, H.M. Regiment on Parade)

Untitled (Hong Kong, St. John’s Cathedral, from the Parade Ground, H.M. Regiment on Parade)

1866-73

Lai Fong (Afong Studio)

(Chinese, c. 1839-1890)

Albumen print

Image: 20.1 x 26.7 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 26.7 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/2 in.); Mounted: 26 x 33.3 cm (10 1/4 x 13 1/8 in.)

Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2020.234

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Did you know?

Lai Fong was the most successful nineteenth-century Chinese commercial photographer in China.

Description

Since the customers for landscape photographs were mostly Westerners, most Chinese studios focused on portraiture. Lai Fong, however, offered views of China, which set him in competition with European photographers who had monopolized that market. Here, soldiers from the Queen’s Regiment march on the Parade Ground, which sits below the Anglican St. John’s Cathedral. The picture presents two major organs of social control used by the British Empire in its colonies: the church and the military.

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

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