[Cape Argus offices, Adderley Street, Cape Town, ?September-October 1857], 1857-09 - 1857-10
Scope and Contents
210 x 142 mm. Showing the offices of the Cape Argus at the junction of Darling and Adderley Streets on the NW corner of the Parade. A ghost image of a ponytrap which has moved during the exposure can be seen in the foreground. The plateau of Table Mountain dominates the skyline beyond the building. Founded in January 1857, the paper was re-named The Argus in 1869. The date of the picture is supplied by the placards outside the building which read 'Delhi has fallen' and 'A full report of the meeting of the sufferers in India. All important'. Bull, M. and Denfield, J. (1970) page 142 states: 'These headlines refer to events of the Indian Mutiny in July 1857 and published in the Argus some weeks later'. The date of publication of the reports has not been determined, but the placards presumably refer either to the fall of Delhi to the rebels in May or, more likely, to the re-capture of Delhi by the British in late September. Bull and Denfield point out the importance of this photograph as one of the earliest extant views of Cape Town (although an earlier and extensive collection of hand-tinted calotypes of Cape Town by Fred Fiebig survives in the India Office Library).
- 1857-09 - 1857-10
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Good condition, apart from slight overall yellowing.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Busk, Charles James, fl. 1857 -1879 (merchant) (Person)
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