John Hanning Speke
John Hanning Speke
by Southwell Brothers
sepia carbon print, 1863
23 in. x 18 1/8 in. (584 mm x 460 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Southwell Brothers (active 1862-1876), Photographers. Artist associated with 197 portraits.
This portraitback to top
An engraving of this photograph was used as the frontispiece to Speke's Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile (1863). Speke is shown in his expedition clothes with sextant and shotgun. The studio backdrop shows an imaginary view of Lake Victoria.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 578
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Search for the Source of the Nile (28 January 2008 - 27 July 2008)
Events of 1863back to top
Current affairsThe opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line. The Football Association is founded.
Art and scienceJulia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age. Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.
InternationalAt an international conference, the Geneva Public Welfare Society calls on the sixteen nations present to form voluntary units to help the wartime wounded. The society, comprised of five Swiss citizens and led by Henri Dunant, who had been deeply affected by the casualties he had witnessed at the Battle of Solferino, became the National Red Cross Societies, adopting the emblem of a red cross on white background.
Exhibitions and displays
- Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs
Until 4 December