'Lt General Sir Hope Grant GCD', 1860.
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A photograph of General Sir James Hope Grant, taken by Felice Beato (1825-1903) in 1860. Grant was commander of the British expeditionary force to China during the Second Opium War. Felice (Felix) Beato, a Venetian by birth, initially worked as a photographer in England. Around 1854 he began working with his brother-in-law James Robertson, based in Constantinople (Istanbul). Some photographs are signed 'Robertson, Beato and Co'. It is possible the 'and Co' refers to Felice's brother Antonio Beato. Robertson and Beato photographed the Crimean War in 1855 and the Indian Mutiny or Great Sepoy Rebellion (1857-1858). Beato left the partnership with Robertson in 1860 to photograph the Opium War in China.