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China: a Manchu man with a servant, Beijing. Photograph by John Thomson, 1869.

Thomson, J. 1837-1921.
Date
1869

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Description

A Manchu man with a servant, Beijing. He sits with his legs crossed in a shady courtyard beside a building. He is wearing spectacles and holding a pipe. A teacup, teapot and tea-caddy are on the Chinese-style table. Another man, apparently a servant, is standing behind to the left. Both men wear plumed hats. Here we see that Thomson, while becoming increasingly interested in the life of ordinary people, was by no means abandoning the formal portrait. The backdrop of this photo is familiar, for it appears in several street photos he took of Beijing

Lettering

Chinese mandarin

Publication/Creation

1869

Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion : stereograph ; glass approximately 10.5 x 21.5 cm (4 x 8 in.)

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

Publications note

China through the lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872, Beijing: Beijing World Art Museum, 2009, p. 24 (reproduced)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 19562i

Language

  • English

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