1895 Print over 100 years old Pekin Observatory (also available unframed)


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a 
gold frame, your choice.  RtW.182.

Entitled – Pekin. Some Instruments on top of the Observatory. 

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Pekin. – Opinions differ as to the population of the Chinese captial.

Some say there are 1,650,000 inhabitants, but the real number is more probably 800,000.

The outer wall is distant about 130yds. from, and runs parallel to, the city, which has good broad roads and footpaths, and abounds in trees.

In the distance the traveller may see snowy mountains.

The Imperial Palace has a circumference of two miles, and is surrounded with a moat and crenelated walls of brick; it is covered with yellow tiles, and stands in an immense colonnaded courtyard.

The two principal saloons in the palace are the Tia-ho-Tian, in which the Emperor receives the more exalted mandarins, and the Abode of Heavenly Calmness, which is the private apartment of His Imperial Majesty.

In that part of the Imperial grounds known as Hwang Tching stands the beautiful Temple of Fo, with a hundred-armed statue of the god made of gilded bronze, 60ft. high.

The Chinese or South City of Pekin stretches four or five miles from east to west, and is separated from the Tartar or North City by a lofty wall; this latter quarter is 3 and a half miles square.

Our photograph shows some of the instruments on the top of the Astronomical Observatory, which, with the Imperial College, was erected on the wall in 1279.

The Observatory was restored in 1674, by Father Verbiest, when he held the office of president of the Tribunal of Mathematics.

His bronze globe is still seen among the other instruments.

If you buy an item and then see it relisted this is because we occasionally have more than one available, each page is
original and not a photocopy.

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