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Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871

Paterson Brothers

carte de visite photograph (support: 10.4 cm x 6.4 cm, image: 9.5 cm x 5.8 cm)

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Chang Woo Gow (1840s-1893), known as Chang the Chinese Giant, first appeared publicly in London in the mid-1860s. Thousands marvelled at his height and proficiency in many languages. With his wife, Kin Foo, he arrived in Australia from the USA in 1870 and toured the country for several years. Here, after Kin Foo died, Chang met and married Catherine Santley. They had one son in China and one in Paris before moving to England. After a stint with Barnum and Bailey's 'Greatest Show on Earth', Chang retired with his family to Bournemouth, where he opened a tearoom with a sideline in Chinese curios and fabrics.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Accession number: 2010.28

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Paterson Brothers

Chang Woo Gow (age 31 in 1871)

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