photographic print(black & white)
- Museum number
Photograph (black and white), from an album; view of a mosque with a corrugated iron roof, built in colonial style. Group of men standing by lamp post in front of mosque. Wearing gowns, tunics, trousers, head-gear. Lagos
- Production date
Length: 14.90 centimetres (AF/A46/42)
Width: 20.80 centimetres (AF/A46/42)
- Curator's comments
The Shitta-Bey Mosque, located at Martins Ereko Street in Lagos, was built in 1892 and is one of the oldest mosques in Nigeria. It was funded by philanthropist and businessman Mohammed Shitta Bey, who was the son of Sierra Leonean parents of Yoruba descent. The mosque was built in the Afro-Brazilian architectural style by a Brazilian architect, Joao Baptisa da Costa, assisted by a Nigerian builder, Sanusi Aka, at a reported cost of £3,000. It was designated a National monument by the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments in 2013.
The mosque is likely to have been built by Yoruba slave traders who had come back from south America. (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.
- Not on display
- Print torn on top edge.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Copyright: British Museum (?).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AF/CA46/42