MIT Visualizing Cultures
John Thomson, born in Edinburgh, was the first Western photographer to travel widely through the length and breadth of China. This unit is a full reproduction of his celebrated Illustrations of China and Its People: A Series of Two Hundred Photographs, with Letterpress Descriptive of the Places and People Represented, published in four volumes from 1873 to 1874. Images courtesy of Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2010 Visualizing Cultures Creative Commons - some rights reserved
MIT Visualizing CulturesMenu
MIT Visualizing Cultures
John Thomson’s China I
MIT Visualizing Cultures VC UnitsMIT Visualizing Cultures About VC VC Scholars Partner Institutions Outreach Conferences & Events Contact Join Us Follow UsEssay An Imagined Travelogue Treaty-Port Imagery Ethnology & Exploration Chinese “Types” Reframing the Past Sources
 & CreditsUnits Icon View Text View CurriculaeJohn Thomson's China I Visual Narratives Image Galleries Curriculum