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Baksa, Formosa [Taiwan]. Photograph by John Thomson, 1871.

Thomson, J. 1837-1921.
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A woman standing looking at the camera, with a young baby asleep on her hip. In the background a bamboo-framed mud wall, the same as in Thomson's negative number 771. The right-hand frame is crossed through



Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion : stereograph


A Baksa woman and child, Formosa 1871


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
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Publications note

John Thomson, Illustrations of China and its people, London, 1873-4, vol. II, pl. IV, fig. 10, "Mode of carrying child"
R. Viénet, Formosa from the earth and from the air 1871-2006, Taiwan: Editions René Viénet, 2006, p. 83


Wellcome Library no. 19804i

Lettering note

Bears Thomson's negative number: "772"


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