Taken Between Livingstone's Africa Expeditions (1864 - 1865)

1864 Albumen Portrait - David Livingstone

Original Carte-de-Visite by Photographers Maull & Co.

Date: 1864 - 1865

A Rare Original Albumen Photograph of Pioneer Missionary and Explorer David Livingstone Card measures approximately 6,5 x 10,5 cm Photograph measures approximately 5,5 x 9 cm With Studio Advertisement to verso David Livingstone (1813-1873), was a Scottish missionary and explorer in Africa, the first European to cross the African continent. From 1841 to 1852, while a medical missionary for the London Missionary Society in what is now Botswana, he crossed the Kalahari Desert and reached Lake Ngami. He discovered the Zambezi River in 1851. Hoping to abolish the slave trade by opening Africa to Christian commerce and missionary stations, he traveled to Luanda on the west coast. Following the Zambezi River, he discovered and named Victoria Falls (1855) and in 1856 he reached the east coast at Quelimane, Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique). Late 1856, Livingstone returned to England as a national hero and started a six-month speaking tour while preparing his book, Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (published in 1857). He left for Africa again in March 1858, with his wife and one son. This time he went with an official appointment as Her Majesty's Consul for the East Coast of Africa and head of the "Zambezi Expedition." His wife Mary died of dysentery on 29 April 1863, but Livingstone continued to explore, returning home in 1864 after the government ordered the recall of the expedition. He returned to Africa in March 1866 to seek the source of the Nile. He discovered lakes Mweru and Bangweula and in 1871 reached the Lualaba tributary of the Congo River. Sickness compelled his return to Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika, where the journalist H. M. Stanley found him in 1871. Unable to persuade Livingstone to leave, Stanley joined him on a journey (1871-72) to the north end of Lake Tanganyika. In 1873 Livingstone died in the village of Chief Chitambo. African followers carried his body to the coast; it was sent to England and buried in Westminster Abbey. Henry Maull (1829-1914) was a celebrated London photographer who specialised in portraits of notable persons. He formed several partnerships during his career which began as early as 1856. His sitters included British politicians, nobles, famous celebrities and pioneers of exploration, science. and the like.

Photographer's name stamp trimmed at lower margin, otherwise Very Good Condition.


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