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Summer Palace, Peking, 1860

Photograph by Felice Beato (1825-1907), 2nd China War (1856-1860), 1860.

During the assault on Peking on 6 October 1860 British and French forces looted the Chinese Emperor's Summer Palace. Twelve days later, in retribution for the torture and murder of European and Indian prisoners, including two British envoys, the palace was burned to the ground.

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NAM. 1967-09-83-65


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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