Artist / Author / Cartographer:

Floyd, William Pryor


Panorama of Praya Grande, Macao




four albumen print panorama


17.5 x 94 cm


A magnificent panorama of Macao with original label for 3rd May 1868.


A fine four sheet panorama of the Praya Grande, Macao taken by the English photographer William Pryor Floyd in the 1860s. Signed in the plate lower right, "Floyd". Attractive colonial buildings line the waterfront. to the right is the Public Gardens, towards the middle Se cathedral, further along the Governor's Palace, and to the left Sao Laurenco church. Various junks and sampans are moored near the shoreline.


William Prior Floyd moved to and opened a photographic studio in Macau in 1865 which burnt down the following year. The fire was reported in the Hong Kong Daily Press on 25th January 1866. He reopened his business in Macau and placed an advertisement in the Hong Kong Daily Press of 1866. He moved to Hong Kong in 1867.






A beautiful image with good tonal range and a few minor creases.The photograph has been professionally conserved by Museum Conservation Services Ltd. and comes with a report of the work carried out by them.


They cut a new cream acid free mount and lifted the original old label from the old mount and adhered it in the same position on the new mount.


This is one of the most beautiful early photographic panoramas of Macau.


One of the finest early panoramas of Macau.



Bennett, Terry   History of Photographers in China. Western Photographers 1861 - 1879.   Quaritch 2010



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