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China: Through the lens of John Thomson (1868 - 1872)

Type:Exhibition

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AA

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Photograph of Manchu bride taken by John Thomson courtesy of Wellcome Library, London

About

From 1868 – 1872, legendary photographer, John Thomson (1835 -1921) travelled extensively through China and produced an extraordinary record of the country, its landscapes and its people.

The beauty and sensitivity of his work established him as a pioneer of photo-journalism and one of the most influential photographers of his generation.

His achievement is all the more remarkable given the early stage of photography required travelling through difficult terrains with large cameras, glass plates and heavy equipment.

As a foreigner, Thomson’s ability to gain access to photograph women was particularly remarkable. Whether photographing the rich and famous or people in the streets going about their everyday business, Thomson’s desire was to present a faithful account of the people he encountered.

See iconic photographs of China reproduced on a large, sometimes life-size, scale accompanied by objects collected by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their visit to China only a decade later.

Image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London

Guide Prices

Entrance to this exhibition is included in our admission price.

Directions

Road Directions

Sat nav: BH1 3AA From London: Take the M25, M3, M27 and A31 to Ringwood. From Ringwood follow the A338 (Wessex Way) to Bournemouth. From the North & West: Head to the A31/A338 Ashley Heath junction just outside Ringwood and take the A338 (Wessex Way) to Bournemouth. From the A338 (Wessex Way): Turn onto the A35 (St Paul’s Road). At the roundabout take the third exit (B3066) along Holdenhurst Road. Keep following the signs for the B3066, which will lead on to Bath Road. Parking The closest car park is Bath Road South. There is also parking available on the cliff top and alternative car parks nearby.

Public Transport Directions

By Bike There are bicycle-racks on the East Cliff Promenade next to the Russell-Cotes entrance. Bicycles are not allowed in to the house’s historic garden. By Coach There are no facilities onsite for coach parking but coaches can stop on Westover Road outside the Pavilion Theatre to drop off passengers close to the house. There are two coach parks in Bournemouth. For more information click here. By Bus The house is situated on the main bus routes with services provided by Yellow Buses and Wilts & Dorset Buses, which run from the Travel Interchange every three to four minutes. The journey takes about five minutes. The bus stop for Yellow Buses: 1a, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, and 6 is just after the Royal Bath Hotel on Bath Road. The bus stop for Wilts & Dorset Buses: M1 and 13 is on Westover Road by the Bournemouth Pavilion. By Rail The Russell-Cotes is 1.2 miles from Bournemouth Railway Station (approximately 20 minutes walk). Yellow bus 2 runs from the station to Bath Road. For train timetable information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. By Plane Bournemouth International Airport is about a twenty minute drive from the town centre. There is an airport shuttle bus which operates between the airport and Bournemouth town centre. For more information visit www.bournemouth-airport-shuttle.co.uk. For public transport information call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

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Opening Times

Event dates (2 Nov 2018 - 2 June 2019)
DayTimes
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00

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