Nigel Cameron Archive — Nigel Cameron’s Writings on Art


This collection includes clippings and corresponding manuscripts of Cameron’s articles published in the Hong Kong English-language newspaper, South China Morning Post, from 1972 to 1994; articles on the magazine Orientations from 1970 to 1980 and a few letters written by Cameron to newspaper editors.

Collection Description


Born in Scotland, Nigel Cameron (1920-2017) was a historian and art critic. He had extensively travelled in Asia since his first experience of this area of the world while in the Royal Navy in 1940, and had resided in Hong Kong since 1962.

Cameron had been engaged in the field of art for over 40 years. He was editor of The Asia Magazine (Sunday Supplement of the South China Morning Post) and The Mandarin Magazine. From 1970 to 1985 he was the Art Critic of the South China Morning Post, and he had contributed numerous reviews of art books to magazines and newspapers since the 1970s. Besides, he had been the Honorary Adviser to the Hong Kong Museum of Art on Exhibitions and Aquisitions (Chinese antiquities) since 1965, and Art Adviser to Jardine Matheson Company since 1998. He had also provided professional art advice and conceived and installed over 80 major art exhibitions in the Rotunda, Exchange Square for the Hong Kong Land (Company) from 1984 to 2000.

Cameron had written extensively on Asian civilizations and their art. His published works include Peking: A Tale of Three Cities (1965), Power : The Story of China Light (1982), From Bondage to Liberation: East 1860-1952 (1975), Hong Kong: The Cultured Pearl (1978), An Illustrated History of Hong Kong (1991), Old Peking Revisited (2004) and The Buddha in Life and Art (2004).

Inventory Lists of Articles


To view titles of articles, please click the following links:

Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (1972-1975)
Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (1976-1980)
Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (1981-1985)
Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (1986-1990)
Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (1991-1994)
Nigel Cameron's writings published in SCMP (2000)
Nigel Cameron's writings published on Orientations (1970-1980)

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