Description: 42 ALBUMEN PRINTS on 41 card mounts (341 x 439mm.), comprising 24 views of Beijing and the Summer Palace (from 173 x 198mm. to 157 x 197mm.), one 2-part PANORAMA (163 x 348mm.), and 16 portraits (155 x 120mm. to 114 x 57mm.), each mount with a tinted frame, most captioned in pencil in French on the reverse, housed in a contemporary custom-made hinged brown cloth box by Delagarde of Paris (label in lid), upper cover blocked in gilt "CHINE", cloth ties, some fading, slight wear to mounts, lower cover of box re-covered with blue paper, slight wear and fading to box
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Literature: Saint-Ours, Édouard de. Georges Auguste Morache (1837-1906), contexte, creation et diffusion de la production d'un amateur photographie à Pékin dans les années 1860 (Paris: École du Louvre, May 2016; unpublished academic dissertation, supervised by Mme Dominique de Font-Réaulx; a copy is included in this lot)
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Bennett, Terry. History of Photography in China: Western Photographers 1861-1879 (Quartich, 2010, pp.78, 415); [Ibid.] Chinese Photographers 1844-1879 (2013, p.379)