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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A4.39

  • Description

    Portrait of three adult males. Two wearing some sort of military uniform, carrying spears and knobkerries. One wearing American dress. Arm and hand of a white person to right of image. Albumen print.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1860-1870 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.2 centimetres
    • Width: 4.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Album title: "Ethnology. South Africa. Capt. J. E. Parish."
  • Curator's comments

    Cataloguer's comments: Album contains 55 photographs, the majority of which are carte-de-visite format. Main themes of album: Individual and group portraits taken in front of plain and studio backdrops, and outdoors. Album Af,A5 is also attributed to Captain J. E. Parish. Circumstances: [PAR-] PIC DOC 04. Biography: J. E. Parish was a Captain in the Royal Navy. The letters "RN" appear after his name on the cover of album Af,A5.

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  • Condition

    Photographs are pasted on acidic paper, some are faded.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A4.39

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