The photographic collection consists of one hundred and fifty vintage prints, all printed in the period 1900-1903 when they were collected by a member of the French legation in Peking.
The collector gathered prints not only of the events and their consequences but also photographs documenting everyday’s life in China in the late Qing Dinasty. Only a minority of the photographs are stamped or signed in negatives, but all are captioned in pencil in French language. The «French diplomat» probably took pictures himself, and then chose them carefully from a Chinese photographer (group A), as well as Japanese (group B), French (group C), Russian (group D) and maybe American photographers.
The prints are in majority in good condition, with some creases and defects, the tonality varies from mediocre to very strong depending of photographer’s processes. Sanshichiro Yamamoto and Y sui Tsu are both quoted by Claire Roberts, Photography and China, pages 50-51, Meynadier and Hocquart are both known to have taken pictures when present in the French legation during the Boxer rebellion.