A 13-part 19th-century panorama by of Shanghai taken by a British photographer along with 25 other old photographs of the city were auctioned off on Tuesday for a total of nearly 246,500 USD, Shanghai Daily reports.
The recently discovered panorama of the bund (pictured above) was taken by Henry Cammidge around 1873 when he lived in China. It’s about three meters in length and is speculated to be the first photographic panorama ever recorded of the area, according to Richard Fattorini, director of the books, manuscripts and topographical photograph section of the international auction house Sotheby’s.
“It’s a very exciting discovery. This is the largest panorama made of Shanghai in the 19th century, and we only knew it was produced because before the panorama emerged in the market, the only mention we had was in a newspaper, saying the excellent 13-part panorama of the river front was taken by Henry Cammidge. But we never saw it until it was brought to Sotheby’s,” Fattorini was quoted as saying in the Daily.
Attractions like the Garden Bridge, the Shanghai Club and St. Joseph’s Church can be spotted in the panorama jointed together with 13 individual photographs.
The photo belonged to Richard Simpson Gundry, a British journalist living in Shanghai at the time who was working for the Times and as editor of the North China Herald.
Fattorini said this is the first time the photo has been seen or for sale since the 1870s.
“Those are very important historical photographs, and I think that anybody who lives or works in Shanghai or has any connection with Shanghai would love to own things like this,” he said.
The auction company had inquires from Hong Kong, America and England, among others.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Gallery: Nanjing Road in the 1980s and now