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Victorian Portrait Miniature Gentleman Dr David Livingstone
  • Victorian Portrait Miniature Gentleman Dr David Livingstone
  • Victorian Portrait Miniature Gentleman Dr David Livingstone
  • Victorian Portrait Miniature Gentleman Dr David Livingstone

Victorian Portrait Miniature Gentleman Dr David Livingstone

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£800.00


Product Description

Artist: Unknown
Subject: Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873)
Medium: Watercolour
Date: c1870

Though the painter of this fine miniature is now lost to us, the subject is traditionally believed to be Doctor David Livingstone, best known as a missionary, abolitionist and explorer in sub-Saharan Africa.

One of the most fascinating figures of the Victorian era, Livingstone’s image would have been widely reproduced during his own lifetime.

His obsession with discovering the source of the Nile was predicated on the more pressing task of alerting the world to the evils of slavery. "The Nile sources," he would later tell his friend "are valuable only as a means of opening my mouth with power among men. It is this power [with] which I hope to remedy an immense evil."

He observed the Arab Slave Trade at first-hand, describing how “the strangest disease I have seen in this country seems really to be broken-heartedness, and it attacks free men who have been captured and made slaves...”

The miniaturist was clearly an artist of talent and certain details have been beautifully portrayed. Livingstone’s hair has been finished with a sharpened point (possibly the back of the brush), scratching into the darker pigments to convey greying hair

Dimensions: 7.5 x 6cm

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