Group portrait of student interpreters, British Legation, Beijing (北京)

Group portrait of student interpreters, British Legation, Beijing (北京)




University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA11-03. From the Papers of Sir Ernest Satow at The National Archives: Satow’s diary/journal (PRO 30/33/15/1). Left to right, standing: J.M. Beatty, C.J. Gardner and R.B. Robertson. Left to right, sitting: W.G. Stronach, J.G. Murray and E.J. Jones. Photograph taken at the British Legation in Beijing (note the distinctive hexagonal tiles in the background, as in, for example, EH01-264). In the 1877 'Chronicle & Directory for China, Japan & The Philippines', C.J. Gardner is listed as control clerk at the Admiralty Department of Works in Yokohama. In the 'China Directory for 1874', Russell Robertson is listed as British consul in Yokohama and W. G. Stronach as Acting Vice-Consul and British Assessor at the Mixed Court in Shanghai. In 1879 Stronach was serving as British consul in Beihai (Pakhoi). J.M. Beatty was dismissed or compelled to resign following the discovery that he smoked opium with his servants and enjoyed discussing in public 'the distasteful details of his homosexual relations with them'. Coates, 'China Consuls', pp294-5. See NA11-02 (another photograph of student interpreters). Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.

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Student Interpreters at Peking. / in the summer of 1862. / J.M. Beatty. / C.J. Gardner / R.B. Robertson / W.G. Stronach / J.G. Murray. / E.J. Jones.








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