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Photographs of Peking by Georges Morache, 1860-1880

MS. 23051 photogr. 76 / 1

Albumen prints, mostly by Georges Morache, showing views in and around Peking, including the Summer Palace after the fire of 1860. 20 architectural studies of temples and other buildings, 2 topographic studies, and 3 portraits.


  • Creation: 1860-1880


23 items

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 23051 photogr. 76 / 1

Former reference:

Wilson Centre Accession Number: 00:6741; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 341

Biographical / Historical

George Morache was a French physician and photographer, seconded to the French Legation in Beijing from 1862 to 1866.

Thomas Child was an English photographer who photographed Beijing in the 1870s and 1880s.

Théophile Pirywas an amateur photographer. His main occupation was the Postmaster General of the Imperial Chinese Post Office.

Charles Fredricks was an American photographer thought to have made the first life-sized portrait.

Ernst Ohlmer worked as a professional photographer in China, then became a customs officer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bruno Tartarin France, 18/08/2000. From the estate of the Devéria family, possibly having belonged to Gabriel Devéria, brother of the photographer and Egyptologist Théodule Devéria.

Physical Facet

Albumen prints from wet collodion plate negatives



Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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