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  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); fifteen men in naval dress on the deck of a ship; officers saluting, sailors holding rifles; Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Date

    • 16 April 1946
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.7 centimetres
    • Width: 17.9 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        From a dinner invitation reading "UNITIED STATES ARMY FORCES GUADALCANAL dinner in honor of the High Commissioner of the Western Pacific and Lady Grantham Camp Guadal 16 April 1946"
        Alexander 'Spearline' Wilson collection, Solomon Islands
      • Inscription Comment

        Black ink, typed on sticker adhered to back of photograph.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        MM 023566
      • Inscription Comment

        Pencil, handwritten.
  • Curator's comments

    Related images: Oc,A56.1 through 45 are copy prints made by the British Museum in 1985.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    From papers accompanying the copy prints: "Copied from photographs belonging to the late Alexander 'Spearline'Wilson, commisioner of Lands, B.S.I.P., in possession of his daughter Mrs Andrea Bannatyne...Mrs Bannatyne has agreed that this material may be consulted...but that further copies may be made for research and publication only with her written consent."

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • MM 023566 (Museum of Mankind Negative Number)

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