- Museum number
- Series: Katherine Routledge
Lantern Slide (black and white), four lantern slides mounted together; view of Ahu Akahanga (sacred site & wall); a Chilean(?) boy, a White man, and a Polynesian(?) man standing beside one of the large stones in the centre of the image; two horses grazing, one in the centre of the image, and the second on the right of the image, in front of the sea; Ahu Akahanga, Easter Island.
- Production date
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: Published in Love, Charles M "The Katherine Routledge lantern slide collection" Museum of Mankind, British Museum.
The BM owns photographic copy prints; See MM009002, MM009005, MM009006, and MM009007. Same image as: Oc,G.T.1577 and Oc,G.T.1578.
Original glass negative in the Royal Geographical Society archives, London.
A King George V one penny stamp has been used on the black mount of the lantern slide.
- Not on display
- Gaps between each lantern slide.
- 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: 494 (BM old lantern slide series number)
Miscellaneous number: 495 (BM old lantern slide series number)
Miscellaneous number: 496 (BM old lantern slide series number)
Miscellaneous number: 497 (BM old lantern slide series number)
Miscellaneous number: MM009002 (Museum of Mankind copy print number)
Miscellaneous number: MM009005 (Museum of Mankind copy print number)
Miscellaneous number: MM009006 (Museum of Mankind copy print number)
Miscellaneous number: MM009007 (Museum of Mankind copy print number)