Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

An interior with nine people. Five men and women recline on chairs or mattresses, smoking opium from long pipes. A man brings them a steaming bowl, and three other figures stand in the background.

Title:  “An Aristocratic Opium Den,” from Sunlight and Shadow of America’s Great Cities. Philadelphia: West Philadelphia Publishing Co., c. 1891.


Date: c. 1891

Source: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Copyright/Permissions: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Location(s): San Francisco, California, USA

Art Hx