[Collection of five photographs, Hong Kong subjects.]
Three photographic portraits of Chinese figures mounted on card stock, each c.305 x 230mm, 12 x 9", the third half that size; and two unmounted photographic prints each 220 x 290mm, 8¾ x 11½", showing a European. Red pen captions on verso indicate date and read: "Hong Kong...Charles Main." Some surface scuffing and staining. Extremities bumped. Generally expected wear and tear though the image showing three Chinese has been quite badly scratched.
The cabinet photographs with photographer's stamps to verso or on lower part of mount; mostly unidentified (Chinese letter-characters), one with embossed stamp 'Tung Sung Studio'. Various decorative border-surrounds, two embossed; including use of gold leaf and pen and ink and wash. The European gentleman is shown taking tea with another European on a veranda, and in an interior. An interesting archive from Hong Kong during British rule. Many of the early professional photographers in Hong Kong had studios in Queen’s Road and Wellington Street. On his return to England in 1872, the talented British photographer, John Thomson, reported that the Chinese had “taken kindly” to photography. “In Queen’s Road, the principal street of Victoria, there are a score of photographers,” he wrote, “who do better work than is produced by the herd of obscure dabblers who cast discredit on the art in this country.”
[Ref: 22880] £280.00