Major James Crombie Watson is the only known photographer to have resided in Ningbo. After visiting China in 1859, Watson returned to China in 1862 and remained there for the rest of his life. The Chinese government employed him as a superintendent of police in Ningbo. Watson’s stunning photographs of the architecture and landscape of Ningbo demonstrate his interest in Chinese art and culture. His artistic and technical talent allowed him to express atmosphere in his landscapes, a rare and prized quality in nineteenth-century photography. After forty-six years of service to the Chinese government, Watson died in 1908 in Ningbo where he was honored for his devotion to the city.
Major James Crombie Watson