University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Bi-s013. Left to right: Sir Albert Vickers (1838-1919) - Sigmund Loewe (1854-1904), Managing Director of Vickers Sons & Maxim Ltd - an unidentified Chinese man - Li Hongzhang (李鸿章; Li Hung-chang; Li Huang Chang) (1823-1901), the Chinese Minister - Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916). Photograph taken at Pinner, northwest London, England, UK. This photograph was reproduced in ‘My Life’ by Sir Hiram S. Maxim (Methuen, 1915), and captioned: “A YOUNG ASH TREE, 18 INCHES IN DIAMETER, CUT DOWN IN A FEW SECONDS WITH A SMALL MAXIM GUN IN THE PRESENCE OF CHINESE OFFICIALS”.

Caption on photograph
The Chinese Minister and a member of his staff at Sigmund Loewe's country house. Loewe himself is at the back and Sir Hiram Maxim is on the far right. / Photograph of 1896 / Maxim Gun chops down a tree by firing bullets through its trunk (a "delightful pastime"!) / Front page of Times Literary Supplement 9th August 1963 (Review of JD Scott's book).

August 1896
Black and white photograph