Oct 19, 2017 - Sale 2458

Sale 2458 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 11,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
FELICE BEATO (1832-1909)
A series of three photographs taken inside Taku Fort, Peking (Beijing) after its capture by Anglo-French troops during the Second Opium War. Salted paper prints, the images measuring approximately 9 1/2x11 1/2 inches (24.1x29.2 cm.), the mounts 13 1/2x15 1/2 inches (34.3x39.4 cm.), each with a caption and the date, in ink, on mount recto. 1860

Additional Details

North Fort of the Peiko, Interior of Angle, immediately after its capture, 21 1860, Effect of Armstrong Guns at 600 yards Angle of North Fort - Peiko, where the French entered, August 21, 1860 North Fort of the Peiko, Interior where the English entered, August 21, 1860.

Though widely known for his genre and landscape photographs, Beato was also one of the first practioners operating as photo journalist or conflict photographer. He worked in Crimea and South Asia, and his photographs were some of the earliest made in China. After the brutal attack on Fort Taku during the Second Opium War, Beato made eight views recreating the event and showing, with an unwavering eye, the slaughter left within. The Anglo-French soldiers attacked Fort Taku on August 21, 1860 after an explosion destroyed the powder magazine of the Great North Fort; the Chinese defenders fought to the last man.