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Illustrations of China and its people

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (photographed)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    1874 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921 (photographer)
    Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Collotype print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 556

Physical description

One of 92 plates, being collotypes produced from original albumen photographs, part of a volume accompanied by letterpress text bound in maroon morocco-grain cloth with light brown marbled endpapers. Title on spine in gold.

Place of Origin

China (photographed)
London (published)


1874 (published)


Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921 (photographer)
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Collotype print

Marks and inscriptions

'Ex Libris / Mark Neven Du Mont'
printed bookplate, inside cover


Height: 47.5 cm cover, Width: 35 cm album, Thickness: 5.5 cm album

Descriptive line

Photographs by John Thomson, published as collotypes made from Thomson's original albumen prints, bound in the album Illustrations of China and its people, in four volumes, published 1874

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

White, Stephen. John Thomson: A Window to the Orient. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1985.




Photography; Collotype


Photographs; Tourism & Travel


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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