The Continents: Asia by John Henry Foley (1818-1874). Completed 1876; restored 2000. Marble. Albert Memorial. Architect: Sir George Gilbert Scott. Hyde Park, London SW7. [Click on these images and those below to enlarge them.]

Although Foley includes a Chinese man sitting cross-legged, Foley represents all Asia” by emphasizing the region with which the British chiefly concerned themselves — the Indian Subcontinent or South Asia.

The Continents

Formatting, caption, and top left photograph (1999) by George P. Landow. All other photographs (2006) by Robert Freidus. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


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