The Foreign Settlement

Made:
c. 1871 in Fuzhou
photographer:
John Thomson

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The Foreign Settelement

'The Foreign Settlement' A photograph of Fuzhou, China, taken by John Thomson [1837-1921] in about 1871
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A photograph entitled 'The Foreign Settlement', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows the European settlement and trading centre at Fuzhou on Nantai island, established after the Opium War of 1839 to 1842 when China was forced to accept Fuzhou as a treaty port. By the 1850s it was the main port in China and also the world’s largest tea-exporting centre.

A photograph entitled 'The Foreign Settlement', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871.

The photograph shows the European settlement and trading centre at Fuzhou on Nantai island, established after the Opium War of 1839 to 1842 when China was forced to accept Fuzhou as a treaty port. By the 1850s it was the main port in China and also the world’s largest tea-exporting centre.

This photograph was published in the book, 'Foochow and the River Min' (1873), made by Thomson to document his travels up the River Min by boat from Fuzhou to Nanping, a distance of about 160 miles.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1992-5063/10
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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