[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).
[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).
[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).
[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).
[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).

[China Station] Nine albumen prints of Royal Navy interest most relating to Tsientsin (Tianjin).

1889-1896. Stock ID #175412

Nine albumen print photographs: 21.3 x 27.3 cm; 10 x 15 cm (4); 14.2 x 11 cm; 14.5 x 20.3 cm; 14.8 x 19.2 cm; and 15.3 x 11.3 cm, mounted on two album leaves, 26.4 x 35.5 cm, with original manuscript captions, the images with occasional spotting, some with pale tone and fading, the album leaves edgeworn and spotted, one repaired at the foot (no loss to images or captions); but the images in good condition.

A fascinating group from an album possibly belonging to a Canadian naval officer. The earliest of the images (1889) depicts a vine-covered verandah at Rusholme the then grand Toronto residence of the prominent Denison family. John Denison (1853-1939) notably commanded the royal yacht "Victoria and Albert" and served as aide-de-camp to Edward VII, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 1909.

Five of the images relate to the strategic port of Tsientsin (Tianjin), and HMS "Firebrand", the British vessel involved in the gunboat diplomacy of the era, spending the winter of 1894-5 iced in at the mouth of the Liao River, with USS Petrel.
The largest of the images is a portrait of the crew of "Firebrand" (as black and white minstrels) surrounding (in uniform) Lieutenant (later Admiral) Henniker-Hughan, who went on to serve as naval aide-de-camp to King George VI. The four images on the verso are of the port of Tsientsin, one captioned "Refugees on top of Hai Kuang Szu".

On the second album leaf, the crew of the battleship HMS "Anson" is shown "after coaling". "Anson" had been transferred to the Mediterranean fleet following a tragic incident in 1891 when the passenger steamer SS "Utopia" collided with the Anson during a strong gale in the Bay of Gibraltar. The verso of this leaf shows images of Ferrol, the strategic Spanish port, one of Spanish navy men and women in finery.

From the estate of the late collector and scholar Arthur Hacker.

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Price: $450.00 AU

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