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A Boshesman

Year: 1822
Edition: First edition
Publisher: London; Edward Orme
Category: Africa South
Price: € 900.-

A lithograph, taken from Orme's "A Collection of Portraits of the Savage Tribes Inhabiting the Boundaries of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. Taken from the Life in 1812, by an Officer of the 21st Lt. Dragoons, engaged in an Expedition against those Tribes, under Lt.-Col. Graham."

Although trimmed still ample margins, the paper measuring about 315 x 227 mm. A negligible spot and some scribbling by pencil in the bottom margin. Paper watermarked "J. Whatman 1822".

In 1822 Edward Orme published a suite of eight plates about the indigenous people of South Africa. These suites are exceedingly rare now as are loose plates. We could not trace any auction record of a loose plate and we only could trace two plates in institutional libraries, one in the British Museum, which was bequeathed to them back in 1866 (see link below), titled "Hottentot girl" and another one in the Iziko Museum in Cape Town, titled "A Boshesman with poisoned arrows".

This extremely rare lithograph of a KHoisan has been finely coloured by hand.
Link: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3373315&partId=1

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