View of Peking from the Observatory, with 17th century astronomical instruments
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Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2009.03
Creators:
Unknown
Dates:
1870s
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Item
photographic print
albumen
21.4 x 27.5 cm
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
A large format albumen print of the Beijing Ancient Observatory, with various bronze instruments, altazimuth in the foreground. The print has minor fading and wear, and appears to have been removed from a photographic album. Print shows slight image doubling, suggesting that the camera was nudged during the long exposure. Exact date and photographer are unknown.
Scope and Contents
北京

Arrangement
Arrangement
Single item

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The observatory was originally built in the Ming dynasty, but expanded in the Qing dynasty. Many of the instruments were looted during the occupation of the Eight-Nation Alliance.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A2009.03

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Citation
View of Peking from the Observatory, with 17th century astronomical instruments. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Dr. Thomas Lawton.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Gift of Dr. Thomas Lawton

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Astronomy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astronomical observatories -- China Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
China Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beijing (China) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints -- 1860-1880 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
China -- Peking (Beijing) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/