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John Thomson

(1837-1921), Photographer and travel writer

Artist associated with 40 portraits
For ten years between 1862 and 1872 Thomson travelled in the Far East, establishing portrait studios in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as recording the topography and ethnography of Cambodia and China, which earned him the nickname 'China Thomson'. Thomson is now best known for his pioneering work of social documentation, published in monthly parts, with texts by Adolphe Smith, of portraits of London tradespeople, Street Life in London (1877). Thomson subsequently operated fashionable portrait studios in London, the last being operated in partnership with his son, John Newlands Thomson. Twenty-two of the plates in the Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897) album are by Thomson.

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Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by John Thomson - NPG x38528

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, 1870s
NPG x38528

Sir Henry Morton Stanley, by John Thomson - NPG x9043

Sir Henry Morton Stanley

by John Thomson
albumen print, circa 1885
NPG x9043

Pippa Strachey, by John Thomson - NPG x13142

Pippa Strachey

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, circa 1886
NPG x13142

Pippa Strachey, by John Thomson - NPG x13143

Pippa Strachey

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, circa 1886
NPG x13143

Ralph Strachey, by John Thomson - NPG x13159

Ralph Strachey

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, circa 1886
NPG x13159

Ralph Strachey, by John Thomson - NPG x13158

Ralph Strachey

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, circa 1886
NPG x13158

Elinor Rendel (née Strachey), by John Thomson - NPG x13105

Elinor Rendel (née Strachey)

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, late 1880s
NPG x13105

Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt, by John Thomson - NPG x15500

Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt

by John Thomson
platinum print on card mount, 1888
NPG x15500

Henry Walter Bates, by John Thomson - NPG x6409

Henry Walter Bates

by John Thomson
photogravure, early 1890s?
NPG x6409

Queen Mary, by John Thomson - NPG x3807

Queen Mary

by John Thomson
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x3807

King George V, by John Thomson - NPG Ax5557

King George V

by John Thomson
albumen cabinet card, 1896?
NPG Ax5557

Count Albert Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein as Henri III, King of France, by John Thomson, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41018

Count Albert Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein as Henri III, King of France

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41018

Louisa Jane (née Hamilton), Duchess of Buccleuch as Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch, by John Thomson, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41088

Louisa Jane (née Hamilton), Duchess of Buccleuch as Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41088

Katharine Mary (née Montagu-Douglas-Scott), Viscountess Hampden as Marie Stuart, by John Thomson, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41089

Katharine Mary (née Montagu-Douglas-Scott), Viscountess Hampden as Marie Stuart

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41089

Lady Constance Anne Cairns (née Montagu-Douglas-Scott) as a Shepherdess, by John Thomson, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41090

Lady Constance Anne Cairns (née Montagu-Douglas-Scott) as a Shepherdess

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41090

Leopold de Rothschild as Duc de Sully, by John Thomson, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41120

Leopold de Rothschild as Duc de Sully

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41120

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