Photograph of Ladies of the Beijing Legations

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At A Glance

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  • Dates

    January 1902
  • Physical Description

    1 Item (photographic print, Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10.5 in.)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    A large print, showing a group of men, women and children standing before a Western-style building. On the back, captioned originally in pencil is "Photograph taken in Front of American Legation Peking China of the ladies and children of the Diplomatic Corps in January 1902 before going to the Audience of the Emperor and Empress Dowager of China." The rest of the caption is a complete list of the individuals.
  • Biographical / Historical

    The Legations women first visited the palace on January 1st, following the return of the Empress and Empress Dowager from exile. Pictured in the first row at center is Sarah Pike Conger, the wife of the American Minister to Beijing, and doyen of the legation women. This print was likely a gift to family members from the wife of the Italian ambassador, the Baroness Romano Avezzano (pictured in the front row, far left),
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2010.06
  • Place

    Beijing (China)
  • Topic

    Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Dr. Thomas Lawton
  • Archival Repository

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

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Photographic prints
  • Citation

    Photograph of Ladies of the Beijing Legations, FSA.A2010.06. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Dr. Thomas Lawton, 2010.
  • Arrangement

    Single item
  • Rights

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

    Photographic 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