Sir Henry Morton Stanley
10 of 40 portraits of Sir Henry Morton Stanley
Sir Henry Morton Stanley
by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon carte-de-visite, 1872
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (90 mm x 57 mm) image size
acquired Dalziel Collection, 1977
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), Explorer and journalist. Sitter in 40 portraits.
Artistback to top
- London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company (active 1854-1922). Artist associated with 946 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Kalulu (Ndugu M'hali) was given to Stanley by a slave trader in 1871. He was Stanley's personal servant and companion before drowning in the Congo in 1877. Here, in the simulated Africa of a London studio, master and servant re-enact their roles.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Levitt, Sarah, Fashion in Photographs 1880-1900, 1991, p. 26
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 89
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Search for the Source of the Nile (28 January 2008 - 27 July 2008)
Events of 1872back to top
Current affairsThe (Secret) Ballot Act is passed. By ending open voting in local and general elections, the act reduced the scope for intimidation at hustings, an important step towards democracy. Previously, voters had to mount a platform and announce their choice of candidate to a recording officer, so although most working men had already been enfranchised, employers were able to punish workers who did not vote for their preferred candidate.
Art and scienceGeorge Eliot's novel Middlemarch is published. Exploring the impact of the 1832 Reform Act on provincial England, and charting the changes in class, politics, art and science in the nineteenth-century, Eliot's novel is widely perceived to be one of the best examples of the English realist novel.
InternationalThe Metaphysical Club is formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by William James (brother of author Henry James), Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr, and Charles Sanders Peirce. The group begins to develop the American philosophy of pragmatism, which held that ideas were simply mental constructs that people formed to help them cope with the world, but which did not exist in an ideal realm.
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