Piry’s picnic at Tianning Temple (天宁寺), Beijing

Piry’s picnic at Tianning Temple (天宁寺), Beijing




University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA01-10. 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. Henry Somerset Saunderson (1868-1947) is sitting in the front row, in the middle. E. Carlson is in the back row, second from the left. T’ien Ling Ssu (Tien-Ning-Szu), now Tianning Temple (天宁寺), is a Buddhist monastery in northwest Beijing. At least some of this party probably arrived by horse, as several are dressed for riding or holding riding crops. ‘Piry’ is probably Théophile Piry (1851-1918).

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Piry’s picnic at T’ien Ling Ssu.



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