Robert George Sillar, merchant and photographer, Shanghai
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: VH02-116. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution reference: L04357-044b. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert George Sillar (1827-1902) was a merchant at Sillar Brothers, based in Shanghai for several years from c.1856. He was a friend of William Vacher, a fellow Shanghai amateur photographer. Several photographs taken in and around Shanghai, and signed with Sillar’s initials, are in two photograph albums held by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Bath, England. It is probable that several other photographs in these two albums (HPC refs: VH01 and VH02) were also taken by Sillar. Photograph by William Vacher. See 'History of Photography in China, 1842-1860' by Terry Bennett, pages 69-75. See VH02-117. See also VH02-023.