A woman with bound feet, lying on a bench in a photographer’s studio, with a book
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Ch-s04. This photograph was pasted to a page disbound from an album. The woman in this posed studio photograph is looking towards the camera and holding a folded book, as if reading. The woman may well have been a courtesan (prostitute / sex worker). A variant of this scene was reproduced on post cards, with captions such as ‘RICH CHINESE LADY or ‘THE BOUND-FOOTED SHANGHAI LADY’. See Ch-s03 (same flooring) and JC-s371.
172mm x 121mm
Black and white photograph