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Very, very rare old / antique large un mounted albumen photograph / photo taken by William Saunders (no postcard ! / size of photo : 27,2 x 20,7 cm !! / from the 1870s ) depicting an amazing sharp and detailed view of the Little Orphan with the Buddhist Monastery and the Mazu temple on top as well as ha hilltop pavilion in mid of the Yangtze / Yangtse river
some old handwriting with description of depicting Monastery on the back (see scan)some info from the www about the Little Orphan:
Little Orphan is a rock hill in the middle of the Yangtze River, located on Susong, Anqing, Anhui province in East China.
It is a landmark that frequently written and photographed by many
Western travelers along the Yangtze in the second half of the 19th
century and the first half of the 20th century. It formed during the quaternary glaciation.
The hill is 78 meters above sea level. During the dry season, it would
connect with the north bank of the Yangtze and become a peninsula. There
is a Buddhist monastery (also a Mazu
temple) on the mountainside and a pavilion on the top of the hill. Its
name suggests that it stands alone in the river. "Little" makes it
different from "Great Orphan" in Poyang Lake. It is classified as an AAA-rated tourist attraction by China National Tourism Administration, attracting tens of thousands tourists and pilgrims every year.
Little Orphan has been a frequent subject in the Chinese classic
literature, and one travels depicting Little Orphan written by Lu You is selected for the textbook of high school. It appears on the 2016 Chinese film Crosscurrent.some info about William Saunders from the www:
William Thomas Saunders (1832–1892) was a British-born photographer who settled in China and became the leading photographer in Shanghai during the late Qing dynasty. He was the first photographer known to produce hand-coloured photographs in China.
Saunders was born in Britain in 1832, and first travelled to China in 1860 as an engineer.
He then returned to Britain, studied photography, and returned again to
China with photographic equipment, where he opened one of Shanghai's
first photography studios in January 1862. Located near the famous Astor House Hotel at the centre of Shanghai's commercial hub, Saunders' studio became the city's leading photographic studio.
Saunders' studio was to remain open for twenty-five years, a testament
to his "considerable photographic talent [combined] with business acumen
and marketing flair."
Although chiefly a portrait photographer, Saunders' fascination with
China led him to photograph current events, local scenery and the local
Saunders created his photographs – some of the earliest of the city
and its people – "at a critical time in Chinese history; just as
Shanghai was emerging as an international commercial city."
Saunders' photographs offer an intimate view of the diverse inhabitants
of Shanghai and their traditional lifestyles and occupations.
His studio portraits often featured props that signified the trade or
social status of the subject, and the photographer exhibited particular
interest in the clothing and hairstyles of the subjects.
Although many of Saunders' scenes of everyday Chinese life were posed
due to limitations of photographic processes, they provide accurate
reflections of life in 19th-century China, and contributed to the
spreading of knowledge of Chinese customs and traditions throughout the
Saunders retired to England
in the late 1880s, but continued to travel to China regularly. On a
return trip to Shanghai, he became unwell during the passage; his health
continued to deteriorate upon arrival, and Saunders died in December
1892 of bronchitis at the age of sixty.
Saunders' success was built upon the production of photographic albums of Chinese landscapes and genre studies. A selection of William Saunders' photographs was published in an early series of 50 prints published before 1871 as a Portfolio of Sketches of Chinese Life and Character.
While all other extant copies of this portfolio contain 50 images, a
unique copy of the portfolio containing more than 70 photographs was
acquired in Sweden by collector Stephan Loewentheil. Saunders contributed regularly to publications such as the Far East and the Illustrated London News. He also photographed local ports in China and Japan, including Yokohama where he settled for three months in August 1862 and assembled a portfolio of approximately 90 images during his time there.
Photographs from Saunders' series were reproduced and distributed
throughout the world in illustrated journals and books until well into
the 20th century.
In October 2016, the China Exchange in London presented Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders, the first exhibition dedicated solely to Saunders' work. The exhibition displayed nearly 40 hand-coloured albumen prints on loan from the Stephan Loewentheil China Photography Collection, "the largest private holding of late Qing dynasty photographs".
Saunders photographs from the Stephan Loewentheil China Photography Collection were also displayed as part of the mammoth exhibition Vision and Reflection: Photographs of China in the 19th Century from the Loewentheil Collection, held at the Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing in 2019.
The exhibition displayed 120 "masterpieces" of 19th-century photography
of China, including 10 hand-coloured albumen prints by Saunders."
Very good condition, only softly bumped corners, lower right corner is damaged with creasing and little fissure, soft creasing in the lower right and near the upper left corner, overall little soft bumps and a tiny pinhole near the upper left corner // OVERALL AN AMAZING EARLY VIEW AND VERY SHARP ! // blank back with some handwriting (thin photo paper, therefore you slightly see the image on the front) (
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is 4,50 US$ for 1-2 photos with regular airmail worldwide, no refund if
lost or stolen! Payment in this case only by IBAN / BIC bank transfer
to my bank account, bank fees occuring on the side of the buyer need to
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Germany is cheaper (via regular letter, registered airmail or DHL
package), please ask! Registered
airmail that I strongly recommend in actual times is 8,50 US$ for 1-2
photos, more on request depending on size and overall weight. If you
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Due to the
actual situation I have had some massive losses, that's the reason why I
decided to sell these highly attractive and rare photos and postcards
from my own collection to gain some money to go through this tough time!
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