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Buddhist monks receiving lunch at Sutthai Sawan Throne Hall, Bangkok. Photograph by John Thomson, 1865.

  • Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.
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Ten Buddhist monks receive a lunch in the large Throne Hall in the Phra Aphinao Niwet complex of the Grand Palace, Bangkok. Attendants crouch on the ground, mostly looking towards the camera. Large dishes containg desserts are on the right hand side. The throne is visible in the distance. Presiding over the lunch, seated in front of the throne, is a prince identified as Prince Thongtaem (1857-1919), the son of King Mongkut and Chao Chom Manda Sangewal. For further details see Paisarn Piemmettawat, loc. cit.



Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion


Buddhist priests in temple...


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

References note

Paisarn Piemmettawat, Siam through the lens of John Thomson 1865-66, including Angkor and coastal China, Bangkok: River Books, 2015, pp. 66-67

Lettering note

Bears Thomson's negative number: "643"


Wellcome Library no. 19534i


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