Lt. Col.l Denham F.R.S. late Lt. Governor of Sierra Leone.From a picture painted on his return from Bornou in Central Africa in 1825, by Tho.s Phillips Esq.r R.A. in the possession of John Murray Esq.r
London, Published March 15, 1831, by Colnaghi Sen.r Dominic Colnaghi & Co. Printsellers to their Majesties, Pall Mall East.
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 336 x 252mm (13¼ x 10"). Slight foxing around platemark.
Dixon Denham (1786-1828), English explorer in West Central Africa. He fought in the Napoleonic Wars and was decorated with the Waterloo Medal, before volunteering in 1821 to join one of several expeditions, sent by the British government to explore the Africa interior. After difficulties with the Pasha of Tripoli, and weakened by malaria, the expedition struggled across the Sahara to become the first Europeans to see Lake Chad in 1823. He returned to England in 1824 and two years later was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. In 1826 he sailed to Sierra Leone as superintendent of libertated Africans and in 1828 he was appointed governor of Sierra Leone, but after administering the colony for five weeks he died of a fever at Freetown. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips (London, National Portrait Gallery), whose over 700 portraits record the leading personalities of his time
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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