A Menu, seating plan, and ticket for the dinner celebrating the return of Admiral Frederick Seymour and General Garnet Wolseley following the British occupation of Egypt in 1882.
Together three items: A menu, 8vo, 4pp., chromolithographed on stiff card, in fine condition; the seating plan, tall 8vo, printed to one side with names of those present at the dinner, folding to a gatefold leaflet with one panel chromolithographed, signed by W. F. Higgins at foot, sometime pasted into an album with signs of removal to blank verso; ticket: a wood-engraved card titled “Banquet to General Lord Wolseley, G. C. B. & Admiral Lord Alcester, G. C. B.”, and the recipient’s name completed by hand to Mr. Higgins, sometime pasted into an album with signs of removal to blank verso.
In 1875 Egypt, faced wih a worsening financial situation, sold its share of the Suez Canal to Britain. The rise thereafter of an Egyptian nationalist group headed by Ahmad Urabi Pasha Al-misri threatened British interests. In 1881 the nationalists forced the Khedive to replace his government with a pro-nationalist one, and the British acted. A small fleet, under the command of Admiral Sir Frederick Seymour, bombarded Alexandria on July 11, 1882, and the British effectively occupied the city two days later. A large expeditionary force then took up positions in the north and south of the country with a view to securing the Suez Canal, and under the command of Lieutenant-General Sir Garnet Wolseley it defeated the nationalist Egyptian forces at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir on the 13th September, 1882. The British marched on Cairo, taking Urabi and his party prisoner, and effectively taking controlling of Egypt. The two British commanders - Seymour and Wolseley - returned to Britain and were recognised for their achievements: Seymour was made Lord Alcester, and the Corporation of London presented both with honours. The three pieces of ephemera offered here relate to celebrations in the evening of 11 April, 1883, the day on which the Corporation conferred its honours. Among those present at the dinner were Seymour and Wolseley, members of the Corporation, the navy and the army, Members of Parliament, and W. F. Higgins, from whom the ephemera derive.
Author [Egypt 1882.] Mansion House Dinner.
Condition Very good.