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Angus Buchanan

1 of 2 portraits of Angus Buchanan

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Angus Buchanan

by T.A. Glover
bromide postcard print, 1922
5 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (138 mm x 82 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x198208

Sitterback to top

  • Angus Buchanan (1886-1954), Explorer, photographer and film-maker. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • T.A. Glover (active 1920s), Explorer, photographer and cameraman. Artist of 2 portraits.

Events of 1922back to top

Current affairs

The British Broadcasting Company (later British Broadcasting Corporation) is established to experiment with radio broadcasting. It is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, providing radio, television and Internet services to the public in Britain and across the world.

Art and science

1922 is a key year for modernist literature with the publication of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land. Both broke new ground with Ulysses (loosely based on Homer's Odyssey) introducing the 'stream of consciousness' narrative technique, and The Waste Land experimenting with multiple voices and a patchwork of literary, historic, mythological and personal allusions.


The Soviet Union is formed under Joseph Stalin who takes power after Lenin suffers a debilitating stroke.
In an attempt to avoid civil war, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy invites Benito Mussolini to form a new government following the Fascist Party's March on Rome.

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Mrs Susan Giles nee Collen (father’s name Collendaveloo)

04 September 2018, 16:09

The photographer who took the above photograph was most likely to be Mr. T.A. Glover who was a member of an expedition led by Captain Angus Buchanan in 1922 to cross The Great Sahara Desert. So the photograph must have been taken at the beginning of the expedition. The journey took 16 months so was finally completed in 1923 at Algiers. Captain Angus’s Camel was called Fern N Gashi and was the only surviving camel of the whole expedition. He died two hours after completing the journey which was 3,500 miles long.

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