Lord Elgin, 1860.
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A photograph of Lord Elgin (1811-1863), taken by Felice Beato. Elgin was the son of the Earl of Elgin who collected the world famous Elgin marbles, a group of ancient Greek sculptures that originally decorated the Acropolis in Athens. He served as Governor General of Canada from 1847 to 1854 and then as a diplomat in Japan and China. Elgin negotiated the treaty of 1860 which concluded the Second Opium War in China. He was Governor General of India from 1862 until his death the following year. 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). Beato left the partnership with Robertson in 1860 to photograph the Opium War in China.