Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues

Detail of a pattern

At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    1 Item (photographic print, b&w, 17.5 x 23 cm.)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    This photograph depicts Duanfang and other men surrounding a bronze altar set that was later acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The photograph was acquired by art historian Laurence Sickman, who lent if for many years to the Metropolitan where it was displayed in the galleries with the bronze alter set.
  • Biographical / Historical

    Duanfang was an officer in the Qing court who amassed an important art collection, which included jades, bronzes, paintings and sculpture. Duanfang worked in many different positions, including as a customs officer and a provincial governor. In the summer of 1905, Duanfang travelled to the West to research how governments in the United States and Europe functioned. In 1911, Duanfang travelled to Sichuan Province to oversee railroad construction. At the outbreak of the Xinhai Revolution, Duanfang was beheaded by his own imperial troops, who were sympathetic to local revolutionaries.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2004.03
  • Collector

    Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)
  • Names

    Duanfang, 1861-1911
  • Place

    China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
    China -- Beijing -- Beijing
  • Topic

  • Medium

    Silver gelatin
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
  • Citation

    Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues. FSA.A2004.03. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Thomas Lawton.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Photographs -- Silver gelatin prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013