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The Art of African Exploration
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African exploration captured the Victorian public's imagination. Books, newspapers, periodicals, and vivid printed ephemera reported explorers' sensational and heroic tales. Images of astonishing landscapes, exotic animals, and unfamiliar peoples circulated widely.

David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley became celebrities in the eyes of a public captivated by their adventures. Livingstone's work as a medical missionary in southern Africa allowed him to pursue his passion for exploration. Stanley, a newspaper reporter and tireless self-promoter, was hired by the New York Herald to find the missing Livingstone in 1871, winning himself wealth and reputation. The press presented Livingstone as a saintly hero; Stanley as a great adventurer. Their lives and exploits were depicted in illustrated lectures, published accounts, commemorative objects, and collectibles.

David Livingston[e]: A present from Blantyre,  Image number:2008-8583
David Livingston[e]: A present from Blantyre
A souvenir teacup with Livingstone's portrait, likely sold at his home in Blanty...
New and Magnificent Panorama of Africa...,  Image number:SIL28-272-01
New and Magnificent Panorama of Africa...
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Carte de visite: Mr. Stanley, in the dress he wore when he met Livingstone in Africa,  Image number:SIL28-277-01
Carte de visite: Mr. Stanley, in the dress he wore when he met Livingstone in Africa
Collecting and trading cartes de visite with portraits of famous people was a fa...
No. 15: Livingstone's Journey in Africa,  Image number:SIL28-278-01
No. 15: Livingstone's Journey in Africa
Glass magic lantern slide, from a series of 40 that illustrating highlights from...
No. 29: Victoria Falls,  Image number:SIL28-278-02
No. 29: Victoria Falls
Glass magic lantern slide, from a series of 40 that illustrating highlights from...
No. 33: Livingstone and Stanley meet,  Image number:SIL28-278-03
No. 33: Livingstone and Stanley meet
Glass magic lantern slide, from a series of 40 that illustrating highlights from...
Dr. Livingston's Discoveries in Central Africa,  Image number:SIL28-279-01
Dr. Livingston's Discoveries in Central Africa
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In Darkest Africa,  Image number:SIL28-280-01
In Darkest Africa
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Stanley in Africa,  Image number:SIL28-281-01
Stanley in Africa
A special issue of the Illustrated London News dedicated to Stanley's adventures...
Trade card: Stanley meets Emin Pasha,  Image number:SIL28-282-01
Trade card: Stanley meets Emin Pasha
Businesses began including collectible trade cards featuring famous personalitie...
Trade card: Stanley and Emin Pasha's arrival,  Image number:SIL28-282-02
Trade card: Stanley and Emin Pasha's arrival
Businesses began including collectible trade cards featuring famous personalitie...
Trade card: David Livingstone,  Image number:SIL28-282-03
Trade card: David Livingstone
Collecting trade cards became immensely popular in the late 1800s. This one is f...
Exploration & Adventures of Henry M. Stanley,  Image number:SIL28-283-01
Exploration & Adventures of Henry M. Stanley
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The Graphic Stanley Number,  Image number:SIL28-299-01
The Graphic Stanley Number
In 1890, the popular British magazine The Graphic published this special issue d...
Stanley recruits his strength with Bovril,  Image number:SIL28-299-02
Stanley recruits his strength with Bovril
Stanley lent his image to numerous advertisements within this publication, inclu...
Daylight at last!,  Image number:SIL28-299-03
Daylight at last!
One of three "extra coloured supplements" from a special issue of The Graphic de...
Stanley's Own Grand Triumphal March,  Image number:SIL28-300-01
Stanley's Own Grand Triumphal March
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The Life & Labors of Livingstone,  Image number:SIL28-301-01
The Life & Labors of Livingstone
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The Life & Explorations of Dr. Livingstone,  Image number:SIL28-302-01
The Life & Explorations of Dr. Livingstone
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The Stanley & African Exhibition Catalogue,  Image number:SIL28-303-01
The Stanley & African Exhibition Catalogue
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How I Found Livingstone,  Image number:SIL28-304-01
How I Found Livingstone
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Trade card: Henry M. Stanley,  Image number:SIL28-316-01
Trade card: Henry M. Stanley
Collecting trade cards became immensely popular in the late 1800s. This one is f...
Trade card: Henry M. Stanley, African Explorer,  Image number:SIL28-317-01
Trade card: Henry M. Stanley, African Explorer
A trade card issued by the Woolson Spice Co. advertising Lion brand Coffee, feat...
Carte de visite: [David Livingstone],  Image number:SIL28-318-01
Carte de visite: [David Livingstone]
Collecting and trading cartes de visite with portraits of famous people was a fa...
 
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