'Kuo Tajen', 1880.
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A photographic portrait of Kuo Sung-Tao, officially known as Kuo Tajen, [1818-?] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1880. In 1875, Kuo Sung-Tao became China's first diplomatic envoy to reside in Britain, proving an excellent ambasador for China and its people. On his departure in 1879, he said he liked everything about the English except their immorality. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.