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  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); portrait of two men, standing out of doors and leaning against a tree, one of the men is wearing an armband; Lakona Bay, Vanuatu.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1906
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 20.2 centimetres
    • Height: 15.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed
  • Curator's comments

    This image can also be seen in Oc,B111-69.This photograph was made by John Watt Beattie in 1906 on a tour of the Melanesian Mission ship Southern Cross through Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
    Beattie published a catalogue of Pacific Islands photographs and wrote a journal which provides additional information about many of them. These and other relevant papers are published by Project Canterbury at www.anglicanhistory.org/oceania/beattie.
    When acquired by the British Museum, these photographs and the copy negatives made from them were catalogued in PicDoc93.


  • Bibliography

    • Beattie 1909 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    From a collection of about 900 photographs and 140 artefacts donated by the Melanesian Mission in 1991 while disposing of its collections and archives, then at Henley on Thames, facilitated by Ben Burt of the British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 335 (Beattie catalogue number)
Photograph (black and white); portrait of two men, standing out of doors and leaning against a tree, one of the men is wearing an armband; Lakona Bay, Vanuatu.
Gelatin silver print



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