John W. Thomason in China

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As a colonel in the United States Marines, John W. Thomason, a former Huntsville, TX resident, traveled all over the world. When not performing his military duties, Thomason explored his passion for drawing. He used every opportunity to draw and capture what he saw around him. He would draw on whatever he could find: paper, napkins, or scraps. He would even draw on his own drawings! These drawings are just a small sample of his artwork found in the John W. Thomason collection which has over 1,600 pieces. The individual illustrations presented above and below document Thomason’s time stationed at the Legation in Peking in the 1930s as he documented the China horse marines in his sketches during his time as the commander of the 38th Company in China.

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