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Number: 834
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Zambezi, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Year of Origin: 1862
Title: Untitled [Zambesi Victoria Falls]
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Language: English
Publish Origin: Africa
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Cartographer: Thomas Baines
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Notes: Christies;manuscript field map by Thomas Baines (born November 27,1820---died May 8, 1875). In 1858, He was recommended by the Royal Geographic Society to be the artist to David Livingstone's expedtion to the Zambesi River in 1858 and was with Livingstone when they found Victoria Falls; Baines also joined James Chapman on and expedition from the southwest coast of Africa to the Victoria Falls in 1861, durin which he made many of his drawings and paintings. His book "Explorations in South-West Africa. Being an account of a journey in the years 1861 and 1862 from Walvisch Bay, on the Western Coast, to Lake Ngami and the Victoria Falls."was first published in 1864 with 3 engraved maps; The first publication of his 10 lithograph views was in 1865; 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.
Last updated: Nov 19, 2015