Search the Collection

John Thomson (1837-1921), Photographer and travel writer

Artist associated with 38 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.

List Thumbnail

x38528

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

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

x9043

Sir Henry Morton Stanley

by John Thomson
albumen print, circa 1885
NPG x9043

x13142

Pippa Strachey

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

x13143

Pippa Strachey

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

x13159

Ralph Strachey

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

x13158

Ralph Strachey

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

x13105

Elinor Rendel (née Strachey)

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

x15500

Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt

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

x6409

Henry Walter Bates

by John Thomson
photogravure, early 1890s?
NPG x6409

x3807

Queen Mary

by John Thomson
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x3807

Ax5557

King George V

by John Thomson
albumen cabinet card, 1896?
NPG Ax5557

Ax41018

'Count Albert Mensdorff as Henri III King of France'

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

Ax41088

'The Duchess of Buccleuch as Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch'

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

Ax41089

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

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

Ax41090

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

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

Ax41120

'Mr. Leopold de Rothschild as Duc de Sully'

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

Ax41144

'The Duchess of Buckingham & Chandos as Caterina Cornaro Queen of Cyprus'

by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41144