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FILCHNER, Wilhelm (1877-1957)
[LANZHOU, CHINA: Original Unsigned Ink Drawing Titled in Pencil on Verso:] ... bei Lantschou...
Ca. 1905. Ink drawing on thick paper ca. 23x35,5 cm (9x14 in.). Recently matted, with some repair of marginal chipping and one repaired tear in margin, but overall in good condition. This well executed ink drawing shows a temple complex near Lanzhou. Lanzhou "is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China." (Wikipedia). This ink drawing was created by an artist under Filchner's direction after a photograph made by Filchner enroute to Tibet on his 1903-5 "expedition to Tibet to carry out geomagnetic and topographical surveys on the high plateau. In addition to its scientific work the expedition carried out a significant intelligence-gathering role and was contemporaneous with similar missions by Francis Younghusband and others" (Howgego, 1850-1940 Polar Regions etc., F6).