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Recently, I found two cabinet portraits of “The Marquis Tseng” in Cheshire. He was a Chinese diplomat who was minister (or ambassador) to the courts of London, Paris, and St. Petersburg between 1878-1885. The Marquis Tseng move to Folkestone, Kent in 1883.

The portrait on the left was taken by Walter BLACKALL, a photographer, at 9 Church Street, Folkestone.
I am trying to find some background information on Walter BLACKALL, and would be very grateful if you could help me to find any more information about him.



Ray Zhu

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These look interesting. I believe Terry Bennett has been in contact with you.

A friend of mine suggested the following might be useful:

Perhaps the guy who runs this website might also have additional info:
http://gatheringmountains.net/Photoweb/

Or try this guy perhaps (Nick Pearce) ?
http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/historyofart/aboutus/staff/pearcen...

Regards
Hello Michael, many thanks for great information!

Yes, Terry Bennett has provided me with a lot of information.
Mr. Ian P. Ellis provided the following information about photographer Walter Blackall:
http://searches2.rootsweb.com/th/read/OXFORDSHIRE/2001-04/0988098273

I am curious to find which year or how long had Blackall worked for “Hills & Saunders”?
I checked “The Diary of Marquis Tseng”, and found out that the photo on the left was taken on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 1883.
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9F03E4DA...

Marquis Tseng’s photos kept by “National Archives” confirm that Marquis Tseng, at least, took four pictures that day.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetail...

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetail...

The photo on right was taken on the afternoon of Nov. 9, 1883.
Marquis Tseng, at least, took 3 pictures that day.
Other two images can be found in US.
Thanks again,

Regards,

Ray
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This may not be all that relevant to your query, but the links/contacts on this site might help shed some light ???

http://chp.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/index.php
Great information. Thanks, Michael !

Regards,

Ray


Michael Wong said:
This may not be all that relevant to your query, but the links/contacts on this site might help shed some light ???

http://chp.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/index.php

Dear Ray

I think Tseng wrote a memoir so perhaps he refers to being photographed in those writings. He was quite a character.  Gael

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