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ID: 500022641
 
Record Type: Person
Thomson, John (Scottish photographer and author, 1837-1921, active in the Far East and in London)

Note: John Thomson began experimenting with microphotography in the late 1850s. From 1862 to 1872, he travelled to the Far East where he photographed the Malaysia peninsula, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore and China, and set up studios in both Singapore and Hong Kong. In 1867 he published a book of mounted albumen prints of Cambodian antiquities. Thomson arrived in China in 1868 and met Felice Beato. Thomson returned to London permanently in 1872 and published a book on his ten years of travel in Malacca (Malaysia), Indochina and China. In 1874, Thomson published an ambitious 4-volume book on his travels in China entitled "Illustrations of China and its People". From 1876 to 1878, Thomson worked on "Street Life in London" producing photographs for a serial illustrating the life and occupations of London's poor. It was the first photoreport that attempted to bring about social change. In 1879, Thomson produced a book illustrated with photographs taken on a three month trip to Cyprus. In the 1880s Thomson became a portraitist in Mayfair, London and one year later became the official photographer of Queen Victoria. In 1910, he was the official photographer to King George V.

Names:
Thomson, John (preferred,V,index)
John Thomson (V,display)
Thompson, John (V)
Thomson, John, F. R. G. S. (V)
Tomson, Tzón (V)
Thomson, J. (U,LC)
Tomson, Tzōn (U)

Nationalities:
British (modern) (preferred)
Scottish (Scots, Scotsman)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
photographer
photojournalist
author
writer

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)
Died:  London (Greater London, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   Malaysia (Asia) (nation)
active:   Hong Kong Island region (Hong Kong, China) (area)
active:   Singapore (Asia) (nation)
active:   China (Asia) (nation)
active:   Cambodia (Asia) (nation)
active:   1873-1921  London (Greater London, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)
active:   1862-1872  Asia (World) (continent)

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Thomson, John (I)

Biographies:
(Scottish photographer and author, 1837-1921, active in the Far East and in London) ..... [VP Preferred]
(Scottish photographer, 1837-1921) ..... [Grove Art]
(British artist, active 1863-1872) ..... [WL-Courtauld]
(artist, 1837-1921) ..... [GRL]
(British, 1837-1921) ..... [JPGM]
(Scottish photographer; born Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom), 1837; died London (England, United Kingdom), 1921) ..... [CCA]
(British photographer, 1837-1921) ..... [BHA]

Sources and Contributors:
John Thomson ........ [CCA, VP]
..........................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Thompson, John ........ [CCA, GRL]
..............................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
..............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 80145771
Thomson, J. ........ [GRL Preferred]
........................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 80145771
Thomson, John ........ [BHA Preferred, CCA Preferred, GRL, Grove Art Preferred, JPGM Preferred, WL-Courtauld Preferred]
............................  CCA Department of Collections Documentation
............................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 80145771
............................  Witt Library, Authority files
Thomson, John, F. R. G. S. ........ [CCA]
..................................................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Tomson, Tzón ........ [CCA]
..........................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Tomson, Tzōn ........ [GRL]
..........................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 80145771

Subject: ........ [BHA, CCA, GRL, Grove Art, JPGM, VP, WL-Courtauld]
....................  Auer, Encyclopédie des Photographes (1985)
....................  Borcoman, Magicians of Light (1993). 118
....................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
....................  CCA Department of Collections Documentation
....................  Eastman House Database [online] (n.d.)
....................  Goodrich and Cameron, Face of China (1978) 152
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 November 2002
....................  Haworth-Booth, Golden Age of British Photography (1984) 143
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-)
....................  Witt Library, Authority files
 
Note:
English .......... [CCA, VP, WL-Courtauld]
.......... Auer, Encyclopédie des Photographes (1985)
.......... Borcoman, Magicians of Light (1993).
.......... Eastman House Database [online] (n.d.)
.......... Goodrich and Cameron, Face of China (1978)
.......... Haworth-Booth, Golden Age of British Photography (1984)
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