Title Peking, Pechili province, China: a camel with its owner. Photograph by John Thomson, 1871.



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Physical description 1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion
Note This is one of a collection of original glass negatives made by John Thomson. The negatives, made between 1868 and 1872, were purchased from Thomson by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1921
References John Thomson, Illustrations of China and its people, London, 1873-4, vol IV pl. XXII fig. 53. "A Pekingese Camel"
Lettering note Bears Thomson's negative number: "A797"
Summary A man with a very furry camel, standing in front of a brick wall with a lattice at the top. Until the advent of the railways, the camel was the main form of transport throughout north China and into Central Asia. This animal was held in high esteem among the Mongols, for it is physically adapted for traversing the sandy plains of the Gobi Desert. The camel's stomach has bladders that enable it to carry a store of fresh water, and, in like manner, its humps are furnished with a store of food in the shape of fatty matter that can be absorbed in times of need
Cite as Wellcome Library no. 26256i
Lettering A Mongolian camel
Author, etc. Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.
Place name Pechili Province (China)
Genre/Technique Wet collodion negatives.
Copy photo no. L 56197 the negative digitally reversed to positive
L 56196 opaque scan of negative
System no. .b11841035
Record no. 26256i