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A Lady Traveller in West Africa (b / w photo)

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A Lady Traveller in West Africa (b / w photo)

1604951 A Lady Traveller in West Africa (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Lady Traveller in West Africa. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 4 January 1896.
English Photographer (19th Century)); Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection

Media ID 22263338

© Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

Canoe Nigeria West Africa


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This photograph, titled "A Lady Traveller in West Africa" takes us back to the 19th century and offers a glimpse into the adventurous spirit of Mary Kingsley. The image showcases an English photographer's remarkable talent for capturing moments frozen in time. In this scene, we see Miss Kingsley seated confidently in a canoe as it glides along the Ogowe River. Surrounded by other boats, she stands out with her regal presence and determination. As a writer and explorer, she fearlessly ventured into unknown territories, documenting her experiences for The Illustrated London News. The composition highlights both the beauty of nature and the cultural richness of West Africa. Tribal influences are evident through the traditional attire worn by locals on nearby boats. This photograph not only captures a moment of exploration but also serves as a historical record of transportation methods during that era. The inclusion of royalty adds another layer of intrigue to this image. We catch sight of His Royal Highness, King of Calabar, accompanying Miss Kingsley on her journey. Their encounter symbolizes cross-cultural connections forged through travel and exploration. Preserved within this monochromatic print is an extraordinary tale waiting to be unraveled—a testament to human curiosity and resilience against all odds.

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