China Through the Lens of John Thomson: 1868–1872
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 Website: www.cbl.ie Price: FREE Date: November 17th—February 26th Time: Tue-Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Sun 1:00-5:00 pm
The new exhibition at the Chester Beatty presents a rare opportunity to view Scotsman John Thomson’s collection of photographs taken during his travels in China between 1868 and 1872. Born in Edinburgh, Thomson first travelled to Asia in 1862, where he set up a professional photographic studio. Fascinated by local cultures, Thomson returned in 1868, settling in Hong Kong. Over the next four years he made extensive trips to Guangdong, Fujian, Beijing, China’s north-east and down the Yangtze. This exhibition is drawn from his time in these regions.
Timed to co-ordinate with Chinese New Year celebrations in 2012, the exhibition will include over 50 stunning images of a wide range of subjects including people, landscapes, architecture and domestic and street scenes. A selection of traditional Chinese clothing and accessories from the Library’s own collection will also be on display.