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1902 Print Tennyson Cole Houseboat Downstream Africa River Paddle Portrait XGT6

1902 Print Tennyson Cole Houseboat Downstream Africa River Paddle Portrait XGT6

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This is an original 1902 halftone print of several men traveling downstream on an African river in a houseboat. The African men in the foreground seem to be paddling the boat and there are two more men (possibly of European decent) sitting in the shadows at the back of the boat. The African man at the very back of the boat may be steering the boat.

CONDITION

This 109+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.25 x 4 inches; 11 x 10 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has acquired this particular collection of unique halftone prints from 1902, which originated from drawings by Tennyson Cole throughout the 1896-1902 African excursions of author Dr. Carl Peters and his men. PetersÕ primary objective during this extended exploration was to prove that the most ancient civilizations had acquired their precious metals and other goods from South Africa. PetersÕ travels took him from the Lower Zambezi to the Upper Pungwe, down to the Sabi River and throughout the surrounding areas. The subsequent images that followed included illustrations of scenes Dr. Peters and his crew witnessed, which included views of Lupata, Manicaland, Bushman hieroglyphics, native wildlife, indigenous persons, hunting and fishing scenes and more.

This piece was illustrated by Cole, Philip Tennyson. There is no visible artist signature.

Cole, Philip Tennyson

Philip Tennyson Cole (1862-1939) was born in England and was a portrait artist but also painted landscapes. He sought painting commissions throughout the domain of the British Empire and worked several times in countries in southern Africa. He was known to have glamorous art studios wherever he lived. He is sometimes referred to as Philip Cole or Tennyson Cole.

Keywords specific to this image: Native, Pole

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