Adventures of a Merchant Banker



Early Photographs of China

Little known photographs from the BRLSI archives, taken by the tea merchant and opium trader William Herbert Vacher (c1826–1899). They offer intriguing insights into a country which had yet to open itself to western eyes, and evoke a time of Empire and trade wars, when opium was at the centre of intense international negotiation and British naval activity.

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