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Photo from School of Oriental and African Studies archive

From The Archives

Photo from School of Oriental and African Studies archive

This 1890 photograph from the archives of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, shows one JC Oswald (third person from the left), at a tea tasting room in Fuzhou in China's Fujian province. According to the photographer's caption, in order to consistently judge the color of the tea and the tea leaves, a tea-tasting room would face north and be top-lit, just like an early photographer’s studio.
We could not find out much about JC Oswald expect that he was a tea broker. But the person with a more domineering personality, underlined by his handlebar mustache, strangely goes unidentified.

 

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