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Fukien province, China: a sedan chair. Photograph by John Thomson, 1870-1871.

  • Thomson, J. 1837-1921.
Date
1870-1871
Reference
19568i
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Description

A man looking out of a sedan-chair, carried by three bearers. An aide-de-camp (?) holding flowers standing beside the chair. On the right a European-style building

Until the advent of motorised vehicles, the sedan chair was one of the main means of carriage in China. Mandarin officials and people of wealth and rank kept their own private sedans. Mandarin officials in particular, indicated their rank by means of marks on the frame and cover of their sedans, and by the number of bearers and footmen in attendance. Sedan chairs could also be hired, just like taxis in later times

Publication/Creation

1870-1871

Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion : stereograph

Lettering

Mandarin in official chair

Notes

This is one of a collection of original glass negatives made by John Thomson. The negatives, made between 1868 and 1872, were purchased from Thomson by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1921
This item is fragile and needs to be viewed in Conservation by appointment. If you would like to view this item please contact library@wellcome well in advance of your visit.

References note

China through the lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872, Beijing: Beijing World Art Museum, 2009, p. 117 (reproduced)

Lettering note

Bears Thomson's negative number: "662"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 19568i

Languages

  • English


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