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Number: 2481
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zambesi Zambezi River,
Year of Origin: 1865
Title: 11 - The Profile Cliff, Narrow Gorge and Torrent of the Zambesi below the Falls
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Language: English
Publish Origin: London
Height: 28.0
Width: 41.0
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
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Color Type: Full Color
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Cartographer: Thomas Baines
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Publisher: Day & Son
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Northernmost Latitude: -17.9
Southernmost Latitude: -18.1
Westernmost Longitude: 25.7
Easternmost Longitude: 25.9
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: [ERIC WACHLE WAYFARER] Color Lithograph; Lithographed by E. Walker. Paper slightly soiled, minor tears and losses on the margins, otherwise a very good lithograph. Plate #11 from Baines, Thomas: The Victoria Falls Zambesi River sketched on the spot (during the journey of J.Chapman & T.Baines). London: Day & Son, Limited, 1865. "These images stand as monuments to both the golden age of the British lithograph and also of African exploration. Frank R. Bradlow, writing in Africana Notes and News (June 1991, vol.29 no.6) notes that Baines' ''superb paintings . Convey as much as is humanly possible. His evocative and accurate portrayals are even today regarded as the finest artistic portrayals of . [the Falls]'' (Bloomsbury Auctions). "In 1861 [Baines] joined James Chapman on an expedition from the south-west coast of Africa to the Victoria Falls; he made a complete route survey, having been taught how to use surveying and astronomical instruments by Sir Thomas Maclear, astronomer royal at the Cape. He also collected scientific information and botanical specimens, the latter now at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and made many sketches and paintings, which were published as coloured lithographs in (1865)" (Oxford DNB). Christie's...Born in Norfolk in 1820, Thomas Baines was the second son of John Thomas Baines, a master mariner, and Mary Ann Watson. After being educated privately in King?s Lynn, he was apprenticed to a painter of heraldic arms on coach panels and began sketching marine subjects. At the age of twenty two, he left England for South Africa onboard the OLIVIA , captined by a family friend, and worked in Cape Town as a scenic and portrait artist. , before becoming a marine official war artist during the so-called ?Eighth Frontier War?, for the British Army 1851-2 and in 1853 , accompanied David Livingstone along the Zambezi, where he was one of the first white men to see the Victori Falls. Retuning to South Afrca in 1869, Baines led one of the first gold prospecting expeditions to Mashonaland in what was later to becme Rhodesia or Zimbabwe. Born in Norfolk in 1820, Thomas Baines was the second son of John Thomas Baines, a master mariner, and Mary Ann Watson. After being educated educated privately in King's Lynn, he was apprenticed to a painter of heraldic arms on coach panels and began sketching marine subjects. At the age of twenty-two, he left England for South Africa onboard the Olivia (captained by a family friend) and worked in Cape Town as a scenic and portrait artist, before becoming a marine and portrait painter in 1845 ( the present works are dated 1846). Baines became official war artist during the so-called 'Eighth Frontier War' for the British Army (1851-1852) and, in 1853,. accompanied David Livingstone along the Zambezi - he was one of the first white men to view Victoria Falls. Returning to South Africa in 1869, Baines led one of the first gold prospecting expeditions to Mashonaland in what was later to become Rhodesia.
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