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Race course, Shanghai, circa 1870, 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30377E/1

Scope and Contents

277 x 205 mm. View of the 'grandstand' of the race course, a small wooden pavilion with tiled and pyramidal hipped roof whose ridges project over the eaves and are curled upwards in Chinese style. Race-goers, officials and jockeys are posed for the photographer on the verandah and in front of the stand, while other spectators are seated in the background on the embanked slope overlooking the track. The first race course in Shanghai was on a plot of land known as the Old Park, with the earliest recorded meeting taking place in 1850. For the first few years English ponies were imported but after 1854, when a larger ground was purchased, Mongolian ponies were used exclusively at the two meetings in May and November. The course seen here lay just outside the International Settlement area to the south of Defence Creek, and was purchased in 1858, with the first meeting taking place in 1860.


  • Creation: 1870

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight overall yellowing.

Existence and Location of Copies

CN 1291.

Related Materials

For a later view of the course, with its more impressive grandstand, see Y30377C/27.



Finding aid date

2004-07-23 11:55:51+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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