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The Special Collections and Institutional Archives departments create finding aids for the Getty Research Institute's archival and visual resource collections and for a few historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust. A "finding aid" describes the scope and contents of a group of records and provides an inventory of materials within the records.

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1Creator/Collector:  Prat, G., active 1874-1900
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 Title:  G. Prat photograph album of China and Japan  
 Dates:  1874-1900 
 Abstract:  The album, compiled by G. Prat, a French silk inspector working in China in the latter part of the nineteenth century, contains 151 albumen photographs of China and Japan. The album's visual focus is on the ports and trading centers of China's Pearl River Delta. Present are 98 views of Guangzhou (Canton); six of Hong Kong; and 11 of Macau. Additionally, there are 16 images on eight pages depicting the Canton Amateur Theatrical Society's (CATS) productions, and 20 photographs of Japan, 19 of which are hand colored. Photographers include Lai Fong and Kusakabe Kinbē. Extensive commentary written on the mount borders forms Prat's compendium on China in which he addresses any number of topics from history, geography, climate, agriculture, religion, language and dialects, and business practices to family life, sedan chairs, etiquette, costume and dress, and opium, to a lexicon of colonial Asian terms. The album is accompanied by 21 loose albumen prints and a manuscript listing photographs to be acquired. 
 Number:  98.R.14