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Portraits of African celebrities, circa 1870 - 1923

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y304C

Scope and Contents

A collection of oval portraits mainly measuring approximately 90 x 140 mm and mounted as plates in Weinthal (1923-25). The plates are inserted in the volumes thus:
Volume I: 1-17
Volume II: 18-25
Volume III: 26-30
Volume IV: 31-41

The process used for the production of these plates has not been identified but to all intents and purposes they have the look of original prints. Plates 31-32, 35, 38 and 40-41 are photogravure reproductions. The portraits show explorers, administrators, financiers and magnates connected with Rhodes' unaccomplished dream of a north-south railway axis running the length of the continent. Photographers unknown.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1923


Conditions Governing Access

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1 volume(s) (41 images in 1 volume)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 7.


The full citation for the volume in which these photographs appear is: Weinthal, Leo (1923-25), 'The story of the Cape to Cairo railway & river route from 1887 to 1922', volumes 1-4 and Index, London: Pioneer Publishing Company.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Weinthal, Leo, 1865-1930, historian

Includes index.
2004-07-27 14:04:44+00:00
Language of description
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Repository Details

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