TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861
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TIENTSIN
Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861
£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,600 - 8,400

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TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861 TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861 TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861 TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861 TIENTSIN Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, Tientsin, 1861
TIENTSIN
Album of views sketched in Tientsin (Tianjin) by Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton in 1861, the year following the conclusion of the Second Opium War, with additional views of Singapore and Java, drawn in pen-and-ink, some with wash, most captioned on the reverse and signed with monogram, comprising twenty-six drawings of Tientsin (one double-page) including views captioned: "Head Quarters Square" ("2/60th R Rifles"), "Mahomedan Temple", "Bell Temple", "Treaty Joss House", "Pallisir's Grave", "Old Castle near Tien Tsin", "South Forts" (double-sheet panorama), "Angles of Treaty Joss House", "Tien Tsin from West Gate", "West Gate from the Wall", "Tien Tsin from East Gate", "Tien Tsin from North Gate", "North Gate Tien Tsin from the street", "Tien Tsin from South Gate", "English burial ground & Treaty Joss House from South Gate", "Chinese Graves French Side Tien Tsin", "South Forts Tien Tsin", "South Taku Fort", "2nd Taku Fort", "Chinamans House French Side Tien Tsin", etc.; with two views of Singapore, showing junks (a seascape captioned "Singapore Nov 16, 1861") and a general view seen from the sea (double-sheet panorama drawn on the same day), Java (double-sheet panorama with shipping in the foreground); plus other views executed later in Ireland and elsewhere, some 60 leaves in all (27 leaves with views of Tientsin and environs) plus blanks, one of two leaves later in the book excised, drawn in a sketch book bearing the stationer's ticket Henry Penny's Improved Metallic Books, contemporary morocco, with inside cover wallet, pencil-holder and brass clasp, minor scuffing, oblong 8vo (each leaf c.105 x 180mm.), Tientsin, 1861

Footnotes

  • A FULL AND DETAILED PICTORIAL SURVEY OF TIENTSIN AND ITS OUTPOSTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SECOND OPIUM WAR, executed by a young British officer who later became a professional architect. Included with the sketchbook is a typed note of provenance by Lt-Col F.S. Brereton, late RAMC (a prolific author of heroic empire tales for children) stating that "These sketches were made by my father Ensign Frank Sadleir Brereton, 2nd Bttn. 60th Rifles, when on service with his regiment in China. 1861. The first action in which he was engaged was, I believe, an attack on the Taku Forts, when he and a small command were ferried in open boats from the ship, then went over the side and waded ashore". Francis (Frank or Franc) Sadleir Brereton (1838-1911) received a commission as an ensign in the Royal North Gloucestershire Militia in November 1855, soon afterwards transferring to the regular army and joining the 2nd Battalion, 60th Rifles in December of the same year. In 1857 he sailed with his battalion to South Africa. Following service in India during the Indian Mutiny and in China during the Second Opium War, he resigned his commission in 1865. He afterwards practised as an architect with his brother-in-law, Frederick Beeston, and was elected to serve on the first London County Council in 1889.
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