From Huachen Auctions:
“This is a studio shot to cater the western curiosity of Chinese cultures and traditions. There are one person accounting, two using abacuses and one smoking opium in the photo. Printed with the original negative, it is in good condition and a very rare albumen print of accountants as subject in the Chinese photography market.”

Left: reference image for Smoker. Pun Lun, Accountants, albumen print, 1870s.

Source: Huachen Auctions,

Right: edited image for the Plexiglas engraving.


Smoker, detail.