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White Deer Grotto, Xiamen (Amoy), Fukien province, China. Photograph by John Thomson, 1870/1871.

Thomson, J. 1837-1921.
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1870
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A brick and wood building on a stone embankment. A man sitting on a balustrade, washing hanging on a line stretched between the building and a ladder. A gateway low down to the left hand side with Chinese characters incised on the lintel. Mountains in the background, trees either side

Situated on the Yueping Hill in Xiamen, White Deer Grotto was thought to have once accommodated the celebrated Neo-Confucian scholar Zhu Xi, and from him derived the name, for Zhu Xi was intimately connected to the famous White Deer Academy in Jiangxi. Just as White Deer Academy had been established as a place for scholarly retreat, White Deer Grotto has long been a favourite place for summer retreat. According to John Thomson, from the Grotto one enjoyed a commanding view of Xiamen

Publication/Creation

1870

Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion ; glass approximately 20.5 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 in.)

Lettering

White Stag ... cave monastery Amoy China.

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.

Publications note

China through the lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872, Beijing: Beijing World Art Museum, 2009, p. 101 (reproduced)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 18946i

Lettering note

Bears Thomson's negative number: "346"

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