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The Third Entrance to the Temple used as Head Quarters during the Battle of Canton


Salted paper print | 22.3 x 26.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2934998

This is one of a series of photographs taken in the aftermath of the Battle of Canton. British and French soldiers captured the city of Canton at the start of January 1858 with relative ease. This victory was a contributing factor in the Chinese signing the Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War. The photographs were received by Royal Librarian John H Glover (d.1860) at Windsor Castle in October 1858. 

This photograph depicts the third entrance to the temple used as Head Quarters during the Battle of Canton.