John Thomson

Palace of the Leprous King

1866, printed 1867
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John Thomson was running a portrait studio in Singapore and feeling rather bored with photographing other European residents when he resolved to embark on a dangerous expedition to the interior of Cambodia. With an entourage of some twelve assistants, guides, and boatmen, he reached the ancient temple-palace of Angkor Wat, and spent several days photographing and mapping the ruins and the former Cambodian capital, Inthapatapuri. His published album includes views of the temple gateway's western facade, details of portal carvings, and bas-reliefs depicting battles, triumphant processions, and other scenes from the epic poem "Ramayana".
Artist
Title
Palace of the Leprous King
Date
1866, printed 1867
Medium
Photograph
Materials
albumen silver print
Dimensions
19.1 x 23.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of C. Ainslie Loomis, Brantford, Ontario, 1993
Accession number
37368.12