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Last days of the Kuomintang, Peking

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1949 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver bromide print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 918, box Q

Physical description

Silver bromide print depicting a man eating alone on a terrace entitled 'Last days of the Kuomintang, Peking'. There is a second man visible through a window just behind the eating figure.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1949 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver bromide print


Width: 39.5 cm, Height: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Silver bromide print by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a man eating on a terrace entitled 'Last days of the Kuomintang, Peking'. China, 1949.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Kuomintang began as a political party founded by Sun Yat-sen in 1911. It was the dominant party in China from 1928 until 1949 under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek but they were plagued by bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption. Chiang Kai Shek never fully consolidated control at the local level so rival warlords still wielded provincial power. Busy with civil war and the threat from Japan, the Kuomintang failed to remove such threats from the rural areas. Civil conflict came to a head in China after World War II, and the Red Army pushed the Kuomintang from the mainland. The nationalists fled to Taiwan and set up a government there, which retained China's seat in the United Nations and the Security Council until 1971.


Photographic paper


Bromide; Photography

Subjects depicted

Food; Terrace; Cafes; Eating; Restaurants




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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