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A close-up on: the Franco-British expedition to China, 1860

 


 

- Baliqiao bridge, evening of the battle (21 September, 1860)
 
- Commemorative medal issued after the Chinese expedition
 
- Personalised certificate for the Chinese expedition, 1860
 
- Scene from the Battle of the Taku Forts, August 1860: panoramic wallpaper sections
 
- The Franco-British expedition to China, 1860, in illustrations
 
- The Summer Palace, or Yuánmíng Yuán

 

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