[Group Portrait near Fangguangyan Monastery, Fujian]

Lai Afong Chinese

Not on view

Around 1869, Lai Fong was invited by foreign residents of Fuzhou to record a private excursion by boat to the Fangguangyan Monastery, a “hanging temple” known for its spectacular location and design. Lai posed the group for photographs at several spots along the route.

The rather illustrious expedition party included Charles Sinclair, the British Consult of Fuzhou, who sits on the stool at left; Sinclair’s wife, who leans against the rock wall; Baron de Méritens, an Imperial Maritime Customs Service commissioner, who perches on a rock at center; Prosper Giquel, Director of the Fuzhou Arsenal, who stands by Sinclair’s wife; and Francis Temple, an accountant at the Shanghai branch of the Oriental Bank, who is stretched out informally in the foreground. The man adopting a similar pose in the background remains unidentified.

[Yuhua Ding and Kate Addleman-Frankel]

[Group Portrait near Fangguangyan Monastery, Fujian], Lai Afong (Chinese, 1839–1890), Albumen silver print from glass negative

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