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G. Prat photograph album of China and Japan, 1874-1900

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Prat (G.) Photograph Album of China and Japan

Biographical / Historical

The Frenchman, G. Prat, lived in Asia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, working or traveling in the region from at least 1874 to 1896. From 1877 to 1884, he was based in Guangzhou where he was employed as a silk inspector by the American trading company Russell & Co. for a year and a half, and by the English firm Thomas, Rowe, & Smith for five and a half years. He was active in the European community on Shamian Island and numbered among his friends the "junior men" who were variously employed as accountants, tea tasters, silk inspectors, and the like at the European trading houses established in the port city.

Sources consulted:

___"The Case of the Canton-Riot," The Straits Times, 27 September 1883, p. 2. Newspaper SG, microfilm reel NL05047.

The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Sian, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c: with which are Incorporated "The China Directory" and "The Hong Kong List for the Far East…" Hong Kong: Hongkong Daily Press Office, 1882.

Events in Hongkong and the Far East, 1875 to 1884. Hong Kong: Daily Press Office, 1885.

Bickers, Robert, China Bound: John Swire & Sons and Its World, 1816 – 1980. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.

Department of State, United States, Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1885.

Hart, Robert and James Duncan Campbell, The I. G. in Peking: Letters of Robert Hart, Chinese Maritime Customs, 1868-1907. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Morse, Hosea Ballou, The International Relations of the Chinese Empire, volume 2: The Period of Submission, 1861-1893. New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co, 1918.

Perdue, Peter C., "The Rise & Fall of the Canton Trade System," Visualizing Cultures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology website. https://visualizingcultures.mit.edu/rise_fall_canton_01/pdf/cw03_essay.pdf

Prat, G., G. Prat Photograph Album of China and Japan, 1874-1900, accession number 98.R.14, album, Box 1*.




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