Heads of robbers posted on a billboard at Nanking, China, 1903
Reference Number: APG-1428-1/4-G
Copy of a photograph from an unidentified book, the original photographer is identified as Claude Meacham. The copy was photographed by Albert Percy Godber in 1903. Image shows four heads of Chinese robbers after beheading, posted on a billboard in Nanking. The negative shows the full inscription from the original book, but the file print shows only the picture.
Godber, Albert Percy, 1875-1949 :Collection of albums, prints and negatives, Reference Number PA-Group-00048 (2024 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Dry plate glass negative 3.25 x 4.25 inches. Horizontal imageSingle negative
Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Negatives are not available for viewing. Surrogate copies will be provided.
Citation: Any publication must be accompanied by the credit "A P Godber Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library".
Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures 951. China(PFP-025362)
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Recto - bottom centre: "Heads of outlaws posted on a billboard at Nanking. The Chinese consider that the worst form of death is to be beheaded, but if the condemned man faces his execution with contempt and lack of fear, he stands a somewhat better chance of appeasing the anger of his gods. The crime of which these men were convicted was theft. Photograph from Claude Meacham"
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