University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA04-89. From an album (C0 1069/424. CHINA 4. Views of European forces in Peking during Boxer Rebellion, 1900.) in The National Archives. Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action. No caption in the album for this photograph. The French army engineers' hot air balloon was used for observational purposes - and also for aerial photography. Some of these first aerial photographs taken in China, were later published in "La Chine à terre et en ballon" (Berger-Levrault & Cie, Paris, 1902).
French army engineers' observation balloon
Black and white photograph
The National Archives, London