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Title: General View of Victoria, Hong Kong (Panorama) Cartographer: Illustrated London News Year: 1866 (Age: 149 years old) M DCCC LX VI Condition: Fine Type: Woodblock Colour: Uncoloured Area Shown: Hong Kong Engraved Area: 21 x 7.75 inches /53.3 x 19.7 cm Framed dimensions: 29.5 x 16.25 inches /74.9 x 41.3 cm Item info: The City of Victoria Hong Kong. From the Original Description: It is said, indeed, that the situation of the city of Victoria - a crowded place of 100,000 inhabitants, the majority of course being Chinese - renders it impossible to maintain a tolerable degree of salubrity: that from the mountain of friable rock, which rises abruptly behind the city a deleterious moisture is continually oozing, as from the tufa or hills of Rome; and that the aspect of the city, facing north east, with the shadow of the mountain in the rear, deprives it of the due share of afternoon sunlight, and occasions a protracted twilight, which renders the atmosphere of a tropical climate most dangerous at the capital of Hong Kong. The rich merchants and all who can afford it leave the city before night, and go home to thier villas on the sunny side of the hill, but the unfortunate soldiers were lodged near the seashore and consequently suffered as we know, losing 42% of their number in less than 9 months. Without commenting on these statements which are so decidedly adverse to Hong Kong that they will be sure to provoke a reply, we present a general View of the City of Victoria engraved from a Photograph by messers S.W.Halsey and Co. Our readers do not need to be told that the island of Hong Kong, nearly opposite the entrance to the Canton River, was ceded to the British Government at the conclusion of our first Chinese War, and that the Govenor, bearing also the office of Superintendent of British Trade with China, exercises a sort of protectorate over the several communities of English merchants at the other free ports of that wealthy empire. The promontory of Kowloon, on the opposite coast also belongs to the British Government and is equally notorious as an unhealthy station for European Troops. Cartographer info: Illustrated London News, Woodblock Engraving. First published in 1842, The Illustrated London News became the world s first pictorial magazine. It provided its readers with the finest illustrated commentary at the time on British and world events.