Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.181.
Entitled – Tien-Tsin. General view, showing Ruins of Cathedral.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Tien-Tsin. – Though this is a most important port, it may be described as a very dirty place on a flat, muddy site on the Grand Canal, of which it is the terminus. Tien-tsin is 70 miles by water from the Taku Forts, and 80 miles from Pekin, of which it is the key. Our view of the city shows the ruins of the French Cathedral, which was well situated at the junction of the canal and the Peiho River. Here, in January, 1870, took place the massacre of the French Consul, nuns, etc., for which ample reparation has since been made. Tien-tsin is a walled town of considerable extent, with a north suburb larger than the town itself, where are situated all the principal shops and warehouses. The streets are dirty and ill-paved to an amazing degree, and the houses are built up without any regard to plan or design. The appearance of the town is rendered still more extraordinary by the flowers and exotics placed in the verandas along the fashionable lounge, which rejoices in the name of the “Street of Everlasting Prosperity.” Here may be seen out-door life in the interior of China. The eel-pie and baked-potato vendors ply their calling for the benefit of the Chinese workmen, who dine al-fresco in summer; the fishmonger, too, cries his wares, which are kept in shallow bowls containing a few inches of water; and the meat-pie merchants may be seen attending to their charcoal fires. As the traveller passes along the streets he will be almost overcome by the smell of the national dish – a strange stew compounded of chopped pork, onions, sea-weed, eggs, and shrimps.
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