Livingstone and the Lion (David Livingstone)

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Livingstone and the Lion (David Livingstone), by Unknown artist, published by  The London Missionary Society, circa 1900 - NPG D18385 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Livingstone and the Lion (David Livingstone)

by Unknown artist, published by The London Missionary Society
glass magic lantern slide, circa 1900
3 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (83 mm x 83 mm)
Reference Collection
NPG D18385


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The life and work of David Livingstone, a set of forty lantern slides, reveals how the story of Livingstone's life was transmitted to later generations. This slide, in the words of the pamphlet that accompanies the set, shows Livingstone's 'wonderful escape from death in a lion encounter'. It transforms the relatively passive depiction of the famous incident in Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa' into a scene of high drama, with the lion leaping through the air on to a bloodied Livingstone.

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  • Jeal, Tim; Calder, Angus; Driver, Felix; Cannizzo, Jeanne; Barringer, Tim; MacKenzie, John M., Livingstone: David Livingstone and the Victorian Encounter in Africa, 1996 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 March - 7 July 1996), p. 170