- Museum number
- Series: Katherine Routledge
Lantern Slide (black and white), of a plate engraving; view of a group of Polynesian men and women, and French officers, in a clearing with two moai anthropomorphic figure carvings on the right; Easter Island.
- Production date
18thC(late) (original sketch)
Height: 8.20 centimetres
Width: 8.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Overview of Routledge collection: This collection of lantern slides were photographed during two archaeological expeditions, conducted by William Scoresby Routledge and his wife Katherine Maria Routledge. The majority of the collection was photographed during the ‘Mana Expedition’ in 1913-1915 to Easter Island, which also stopped in Chile and Juan Fernandez Islands on route. Whilst in Chile, Routledge enlisted the aid of Chilean men and boys. One boy from Juan Fernandez is depicted in a number of images, used as a scale guide. Subsequent expeditions to Mangareva, Raivaevae, and Rapa Iti were made in 1921-1923, during which a smaller number of images were made.
Photographer: The name of the photographer is not known, however, Routledge clearly states in her book that an unnamed person was employed especially to take photographs. Furthermore, it is strongly believed that Katherine Maria Routledge played a strong role in instructing the photographer as to what and how views were to be photographed.
Artist: The collection also contains several sketches by an unidentified artist depicting views of Easter Island. In some cases, the artist could possibly be K M Routledge, but there is no additional information to support this.
Maps and diagrams: There are several maps and diagrams in the collection, depicting the routes taken during the expedition, and listing where Moai (figure carvings) were excavated on Easter Island.
Objects: Some of the photographs depict objects discovered on Easter Island, now in different museums and/or private collections.
Related image: This image has been published in Love, Charles M "The Katherine Routledge lantern slide collection" Museum of Mankind, British Museum.
The BM Pictorial Collection owns a photographic copy print of this lantern slide in its collection; See MM008591.
Context: The oringal sketch/engraving is associated with La Perouse expedition to Easter Island in 1785. Routledge would have used these illustrations as guidlines in her research of Easter Island. The print in this lantern slide was published in Arts Direct Nov 1798 by G.G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London.
Published in: La Perouse, J.F.G. (1999) Voyage Round the World, performed in the years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, by the Boussole and Astrolabe. Vol 1. A. Hamilton, London.
Inscription on original plate:
INSULAIRES ET MONUMENS DE L'ILE DE PAQUE.
Published in the Arts Direct, Nov 1798 by G.G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Mana Expedition (?) 1913-1915
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- A collection of lantern slides owned by Katherine Maria Routledge and donated to the British Museum in around the 1970's, numbered Oc-G.T.-1453 through to Oc-G.T.-1784.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 888 (BM old lantern slide series number)
Miscellaneous number: MM008591 (Museum of Mankind copy print number)