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19th & 20th Century Photographs

  Lot 129

Cornelius Jabez Hughes (1819-1884) & Southwell Brothers (active 1861-1876)

Cornelius Jabez Hughes (1819-1884) & Southwell Brothers (active 1861-1876)

Southwell Brothers (photographers, active 1861-1876)].

CONSUL IN ABYSSINIA IN PRISON c.1868 [Captain Charles Duncan (1825-1870), Albumen print, pasted onto contemporary paper support, image size,140 x 102mm, posed as a captive in chains, with his ‘guard’ standing to his left holding a spear and a shield

Following on from his father’s defeat and death, Prince “Alamayou was orphaned when his mother died during the trip to the coast, the British forces had intended to take them both to Britain but Alamayou travelled alone. He was introduced to Queen Victoria at her Isle of Wight residence, Osbourne House. He was educated at Rugby and Sandhurst where he was deeply unhappy possibly due to the racism that he encountered. He moved to Far Headingley, Leeds, to stay with his old tutor Cyril Ransome but contracted pleurisy and died of the illness 6 weeks later.”

Cornelius Jabez HUGHES (1819-1884).

THEODORES SON, Prince Dejatch Alamayu of Abyssinia (aka Alamayou, and, Prince Alemayehu Tewodros of Ethiopia) c.1868, Albumen print,pasted onto contemporary paper support, image size, 89 x 57mm son and heir of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia, standing behind a chief’s shield, wearing shamma and amuletic necklace


THEODOROS II ROI D'ABYYSINI‘[aka Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia (1818-1868)]. [Paris: 1868]. Albumen print, image size,140 x 53mm pasted onto contemporary paper support

“Ruler, born in Qwara district of Dembia, a region of Beghemider province in Ethiopia. He was born Kassa Hailu and took the throne name Tewodros II at his coronation in 1855. He took his own life at Maqdala, his hilltop fortress, after defeat by the British forces led by Lord Napier in 1868.” (British Museum). The actions which precipitated the British invasion included the capture and imprisonmemnt of Consul Charles Duncan and a number of other British and European individuals..

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