Original Prints

Prints of China from before the birth of photography

original-print1Before the birth of photography, reproducible prints made from woodcut, copper or steel engravings were often used in books, newspapers and magazines as the most effective way of spreading visual information. Beijing Postcards collects original prints, especially from England and France, spanning the last 300 years. Many of these original prints paint a vivid picture of political events, warfare, the arrival of new inventions, and cultural meetings of the day, which could probably not have been captured on camera.