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  • Description

    View of a steam boat moored on a river. Canoe beside river bank at left in foreground. Albumen print.

  • Date

    • 1890-1905
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.9 centimetres (AF/A46/54)
    • Width: 9.3 centimetres (AF/A46/54)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        Album Title: "1st BENIN. WARRI. & SAPELE. 2nd NEW CALABAR. BONNY. OPOBO & QUA COUNTRY." [manuscript note on album paper].
  • Curator's comments

    Cataloguer's comment: Local chiefs who traded used large roofed canoes like the one depicted. N F Barley, 04/06/1996. Albums Af,A46 and Af,A47 were originally in one album containing 176 photographs. Main themes of album: Views of indigenous and European settlements, trading stations, roads, and Christian cemeteries. Portraits of European and indigenous people.


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    Copyright: British Museum (?).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • AF/CA46/54
View of a steam boat moored on a river. Trading [?] canoe beside river bank at l. in foreground. Medium: Albumen print.

View of a steam boat moored on a river. Trading [?] canoe beside river bank at l. in foreground. Medium: Albumen print.

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