Prof. Nick Pearce: From the Summer Palace 1860: Provenance and Politics

20131122_seminars_PearceDate: 22 November 2013
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The looting and destruction of parts of the Chinese Imperial Summer Palace complex by Anglo-French troops during the Second Opium War (1857-60), created a stir that has reverberated down the centuries. Today the incident remains a recurring issue of cultural patrimony for China and marks a particular low point in historical Sino-Franco-British relations. The sore is kept alive by the looted objects that were brought back by the French and British at the end of the campaign and which survive in public and private collections, some of which periodically appear for sale on the art market… (Please click on the image to read more)