Extremely rare vintage photograph signed by the photographer in the negative. The print is in excellent condition although slightly pale; the only other copy we have seen of this print also exhibited the same lack of contrast. Thomas Child (1841-98)was an engineer employed by the Chinese Maritime Customs in Beijing. He was also an exceptionally gifted photographer better known for his fine landscape photography of Beijing (1870-89)and the vicinity. However, he also produced a few portraits including the one shown.
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