# 16764

[EMERY, N.M., compiler]; VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS

An 1860s carte de visite album containing photographs of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Siam, including an unrecorded portrait of the American Mandarin Frederick Townsend Ward, and the personal card of Prince Krom of Siam.

Nineteenth century carte de visite album, 160 x 110 mm, recent blue velvet-covered boards (replacing the original leather boards, now perished), original front-endpaper inscribed by the owner ‘N.M. Emery, Shanghai 1862. Presented by Captain [?] of the Steamer Nang Kow, and whose life was sacrificed to the Chinese in a massacre, rather than yield to their demands for his passengers’; containing [34] albumen print photographs in standard carte de visite format, and [1] engraved calling card; all window-mounted recto and verso of 18 thick gilt-edged album leaves; contemporary identifying captions to album pages and/or versos of mounts; the photographs generally in good condition, with occasional fading or pale foxing; the binding is weak, resulting in the loosening of a couple of the pages; however, the album is complete, with all original contents retained.

A significant album compiled by an American working in the Far East during the Taiping Rebellion and later, containing photographs taken in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Siam dating roughly to the period 1860-1868.

Internal references suggest that Captain Emery was a member of a prominent Boston shipping family. His album contains an unrecorded portrait of the “Mandarin from Salem”, the American soldier of fortune Frederick Townsend Ward (1831-1862), leader of the Qing Emperor’s Ever Victorious Army against the Taiping rebels, which was presumably presented or sent to Emery by Ward himself as it is accompanied by Ward’s signature; several group portraits of the owners and staff of leading Hong Kong trading houses; Chinese ethnic types and scenes in Hong Kong and Shanghai; and portraits of the Siamese royal family, together with the rare personal card of the Prince Krom of Siam.

[1]. Chinese Pagoda [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[2]. Mandarin and his family [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[3]. Chinese woman [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[4]. A Hong Kong residence [inscription on page] / A hotel in Hong Kong [inscription verso of mount]

[5]. Japanese [inscription on page] / Miss Meaka Foo (?), #12 Victoria Ave. Calcutta [inscription verso of mount]

[6]. Mrs Huppus Chinese School, Canton [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[7]. Chinese children [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[8]. The King of Siam [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[9]. King of Siam & his son [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[10]. H.R.H. Prince Krom Hluang Wongsa, Siam [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[11]. Card of the King of Siam [inscription on page] / King of Siam [verso of mount]. The personal card of ‘His Royal Highness Prince Krom Hluang Wongsa, engraved in English and Thai script (heavily rubbed and discoloured, but still legible)

[12]. The Prince of Siam and his wives [inscription on page and verso of mount]; verso of mount with imprint of the photographer Francis Chit, ‘F. Chit, Phr, St. Crus, Bangkok’.

[13]. Shanghai [inscription on page and verso of mount]; photo of an engraving; vertical crease.

[14]. Messrs Da Silva & Co’s House, Hong Kong [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[15]. House of Messrs Hunt & Co, Hong Kong [inscription on page]

[16]. Temple of the Gods, Hong Kong  [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[17]. Whampoa, China [inscription on verso of mount]; photo of a painting.

[18]. Messrs Whitman & Cayden’s (?) House, Hong Kong [inscription on page]

[19]. Beaumont [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[20]. Captain’s chair [inscription on page]. Presumably the owner of the album, Captain Emery, being carried in a jiao (sedan chair) by Chinese coolies.

[21]. Japs [inscription verso of mount]. Two Samurai posing with swords.

[22]. My chair coolie, Hong Kong 68 [inscription on page] / My cooley [inscription verso of mount]

[23]. Mr. D.D. Kelly, East Boston. Ship owner with father [inscription verso of mount]; horizontal crease. Cut signature of English novelist Wilkie Collins laid down at bottom margin of page (!). Daniel D. Kelly was a wealthy Boston shipbuilder and owner. In 1860 his assets totalled $45,000.

[24]. Mandarin and wife [inscription verso of mount]; photo of an engraving.

[25]. General Ward, American “Mandarin” [inscription on page]; albumen print of a calotype (salt print) portrait. Cut signature of Ward laid down at bottom margin of page.

[26]. Portrait of an unidentified gentleman; uninscribed; verso of mount with imprint of the New Orleans photographer W.H. Leeson.

[27]. Gough [inscription on page]. John Bartholomew Gough (1817-1886) was a United States temperance orator.

[28]. Lind [inscription on page] / Jenny Lind Goldschmidt & son [inscription recto of mount]. Portrait of the famous Swedish soprano known as the “Swedish Nightingale”, with her son Walter Otto Goldschmidt.

[29]. Hong Kong [inscription on page and verso of mount]; photo of an engraving.

[30]. Yacht of the King of Siam [inscription on page] / The King’s Yacht [inscription verso of mount]; photo of an engraving; horizontal crease.

[31]. Bangkok, Siam [inscription on page and verso of mount]

[32]. [Westerner being carried in a jiao by Chinese coolies]; uninscribed.

[33]. Capt. Fred. Emery & servant. Lost in the Harbor of Hong Kong [inscription on page] / Capt. Emery & Quong Lee [inscription verso of mount]

[34]. Calcutta [inscription on page and verso of mount]; photo of an engraving.

[35]. King of Oude Palace, Calcutta [inscription on page]; photo of a painting.