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Talk: Constructing the orient: John Thomson's portraits in China 1868-72 / Bournemouth, 28 April 2019

The scope of John Thomson’s photographic portraits in China is astonishing, especially considering the challenges which faced an itinerant photographer in the mid-nineteenth century.

Angela Cheung, a doctoral student in the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London, explores in greater detail how and why Thomson took certain photographs, and who the audience was for his portraiture, as well as how his photography was disseminated and consumed following his return.

Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery
Sunday 28th April, 2pm
Entry to the talk is £4, or free for Friends of the Russell-Cotes.
Please book in advance to ensure your place.  Ask at the Welcome Desk, ring 01202 451820, or book online here.

The museum is showing the exhibition: China, through the lens of John Thomson 1868-72

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