Catafalque of Cyril Farrar, British Legation, Peking, 1891

Catafalque of Cyril Farrar, British Legation, Peking, 1891




University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA01-08. Cyril Lytton Farrar (1869-1891) was the seventh child of Frederic and Lucy Farrar. He joined the Imperial Maritime Customs Service in June 1889 following an approach by his father, who was then Archdeacon of Westminster Abbey, to Sir Robert Hart. He was serving in Peking when he became seriously ill. On 1 February 1891, Hart wrote to his London agent, Campbell: "His life hangs on a thread and the lungs, so says Bushell, may give out at any moment: no hope of recovery whatever and it is doubtful if he'll see the China New Year, 9th instant, on earth". (Letter no. 787, The I.G. in Peking). Farrar died the next day. This photograph is from an album in The National Archives entitled: ‘The Chinese Customs in Peking 1889-1891’. (C0 1069/421. CHINA 1. Social life of Chinese Customs Service in Peking, 1889-1891). Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.

Caption in album or on mount

Cyril Farrar, died Feb 1891




February 1891




Black and white photograph


The National Archives, London

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