Religious Tract Society Posters

Scope and Content

A collection of 75 missionary posters from the Religious Tract Society. The posters were issued from their Headquarters in Shanghai and Hangchow between 1933 and 1942.

Posters are in a calligraphic style and are designed in the form of a vertical scroll. The majority of the collection is made up of larger, Chinese-influenced posters, which are a curious hybrid style mixing biblical allusion, native costumes and architecture in a Chinese landscape. Other posters are based on the biblical illustrations of Harold Copping (1863-1932), who was a prolific RTS illustrator.


The posters are arranged in the order in which they were when purchased by SOAS Library.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Purchased from Hanshan Tang Books in April 2000.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

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