Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues

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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.
Summary
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.
Cite as
Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues with bronze altar, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Thomas Lawton
Repository Loc.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic
Manchu
History
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Restrictions & Rights
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Creator
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.) (Collector)
Subject
Duanfang 1861-1911
Physical description
Silver gelatin
1 photographic print : b&w ; 17.5 x 23 cm
1907
Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Place
China, Beijing, Beijing
China
Type
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Local number
FSA A2004.03