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Rare Bites: Orientalism in Thomas Allom’s Engravings

Rare Bites: Orientalism in Thomas Allom’s Engravings In-Person

Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester in 2017 and beyond. If you want to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections at the University Library, this is your opportunity. Audience attendance is free for all.


Orientalist painting was one of the many genres of the 19th century art. Thomas Allom (1804-1872) was a well-known British illustrator in the 19th Century. In Allom’s publication -- China Illustrated, there are 75 steel engravings of original sketches of Chinese social habits, scenery and architectures. Orientalism shaped how Allom depicted about things and what Allom understood about Chinese society. Our speaker, Jenny Zhijun Yang, is a postgraduate student studying Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney. Jenny is the curator of  a pop up exhibition currently on display in the Fisher Library on Level 4: Perspectives of an outsider: Thomas Allom's fascination with 19th century China, and in this Rare Bites talk will be referring to art historian Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay The Imaginary Orient to discuss orientalism in Thomas Allom’s engravings.

Thursday 23 August 2018
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Time Zone:
Sydney, Melbourne (change)
Fisher Seminar Room (218), level 2
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