Lander's Grave, at Fernando-Po.From a Sketch taken by Mr. S.L. Crofton, of H.M.S. Pelosus.
Pub. July 1834, by Ackermann & Co. 96, Strand.
Very scarce lithograph, sheet 185 x 215mm. 7¼ x 8½". Sheet trimmed.
Two European travellers visiting the tomb of Richard Lemon Lander (1804 - 1834), who explored the course of the Niger river, West Africa. The son of a Truro innkeeper, Lander's explorations began as an assistant to the Scottish explorer Hugh Clapperton, on an expedition to Western Africa in 1825. After Clapperton's death near Sokoto, Lander proceeded southeast to Kano and then returned to the coast through the country of the Yoruba people. He returned to Western Africa in 1830, accompanied by his brother John. They landed at Badagri and followed the lower Niger River from Bussa to the sea. After exploring about 160 kilometres of the Niger River upstream, they returned to explore the Benue River and Niger Delta before travelling back to England. On a trading expedition up the Niger in 1832, Lander was wounded by tribesmen attacking his canoe, and he died soon thereafter. Probably from ‘A Journal of the Niger Expedition...by Macgregor Laird and D. N. R. Oldfield,’ London, 1834, 2 vols. Laird and Oldfield are likely the two men here depicted.
Not in Abbey Travel. From: Charborough House, residence to the Erle-Drax family.
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