[HONG KONG]. FLOYD, William Pryor (1834-ca.1900). Fine Photographic Panorama of East Point, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: ca 1868.

$ 8,500.00

2 albumen prints joined, folding panorama mounted on contemporary card and silk (image size: 8 6/8 x 22 4/8 inches), manuscript caption to mount "East Point, Hongkong".

A fine photograph of Hong Kong, showing East Point in the 1860s, with the first stage of land reclamation in the fore-ground. Once a cape on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, East Point extended from Jardine's Hill, and Lee Garden towards the Kellett Island (seen clearly to the left). The headland marked the eastern limits of the early City of Victoria, and separated Causeway Bay in the east and the bay outside Happy Valley.

Now the headland is completely consumed by the Causeway Bay Station of the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and the World Trade Centre. A causeway extends all the way to Kellett Island.

Floyd "had a long and distinguished photographic career in China producing work of a very high standard and operating, for a time, one of the most successful studios in the Far East. In the late 1860s Floyd was John Thomson's major competitor in Hong Kong". (Bennett) His studio was located at 62 Queen's Road, Hong Kong from April 1867 until May 1869. (see Bennett, T. History of Photography in China, Western Photographers 1861-1879, London: Quaritch, 2010, pp.7-18). Catalogued by Kate Hunter