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Frank Wilson West African album

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043MM

Scope and Contents

Album containing prints of West Africa. The album contains 12 double sided card pages with recessed centres in which photographs have been stuck. Plates 13 and 22 are enlargements of parts of photographs in the album, hinged in at the appropriate point, and 27 is a loose photograph. Some of the photographs have captions; in other cases brief descriptions have been provided in square brackets. There is no indication as to whether these photographs were published; they do not appear in Morel (1902).

This album is inscribed inside the front cover: 'To John Holt of Liverpool from Frank Wilson of Setta Kama, West Africa 25th Octr. 1899'. John Holt (1841-1915) was the founder and first chairman of John Holt and Co (Liverpool) Ltd.; Setta Kama (Setté Cama) in Gabon, French Equatorial Africa, was a centre for the company's trading activities. On the first page of the album is pasted a note, "Photographs 8, 9, 10, 11 suggested as suitable for reproduction. EDM". These photographs are entered in the following list as 8, 9, 12 and 14. EDM was Edmond Dene Morel (1873-1924), journalist, politician and critic of European policies in Africa. He had met John Holt in 1899 through Mary Kingsley, and worked with him in succeeding years.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1899


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Biographical / Historical

Frank Wilson has not been identified.


1 album(s) (27 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All photographs are in fair condition with some fading, but corners have been broken from some of the album pages.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This album, together with Y3043NN and Y3043PP, was presented to the Library in 1986-87 by Derek Holt, a member of the Liverpool family formerly involved in West African trade.


Morel, Edmund Dene (1902), 'Affairs of West Africa', London: W. Heinemann.


This item level description was entered by SG, NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Wilson, Frank, fl 1899

Includes index.
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