An interesting lot in terms of historical record comes up at Chorleys, the Gloucester auction house, next week (May 23). The photographs graphically illustrate the involvement of the great powers in the Chinese capital at the beginning of the last century.
Lot 1148 consists of a postcard and photographs relating to the Pekin riots of 1912, the postcard depicting the severed head of a looter and postmarked Pekin 18 Mars 12. It was sent to A de Castro Glubb Esq by one W. S. Woodroper.The photographs depict executed looters; Italian troops on guard outside their legation; French and German sentries guarding the East Gate of the Legation quarter; the East gate of the Forbidden City; the wall over the Chen Gate occupied by American troops during the mutiny of March 1912; the German fort; and Japanese troops guarding the water gate etc. There are 24 images total, all with inscriptions on the verso dated 1912
This interesting lot is estimated at £400 – 600