T.E. Bowdich [facsimile signature].
London, Pub.d for the Prop.rs of the European Mag. by Sherwood, Jones & Co., Paternoster Row, June 1st 1824.
Stipple on india. 230 x 140mm (9 x 5½"). Stitch holes in right edge.
Thomas Edward Bowdich (1791-1824), traveller in Africa. He entered the service of the African Company of Merchants in 1814 and was sent to Cape Coast. In 1817 he, William Hutchison and Henry Tedlie were sent to meet the king of Ashanti, and through diplomacy increased British influence over the coast natives. Returning to London he published an account, 'Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee, &c', in 1819, and publicly attacked the management of the African committee, leading the British government to assume direct control over the Gold Coast. Bowdich presented his African collections to the British Museum. In 1823 Bowdich and his wife spent several months travelling down the west coast of Africa, via Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands, before landing at Bathhurst (Banjul), intending to explore the interior of Sierra Leone. However he died of malaria before he could set out. His widow, Sarah, published an account of this abortive trip, 'Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo . . . to which is added A Narrative of the Continuance of the Voyage to its Completion'.
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