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Livingstone - Stanley - Baker - Speke - Gordon Charles Dickens - Lord Byron - Thomas Huxley - John Tyndall
United Kingdom, circa 1865-1890. Noteworthy collection of 214 nineteenth century albumen print portrait photographs of notable and accomplished individuals, including pioneers in science and exploration, politicians and diplomats, writers and artists, a few of which are accompanied by original clipped signatures of the sitter. Qto. scrap book volume measuring approximately 22 x 28 cm, blue cloth boards, photographs mounted onto paper leaves and ruled in manuscript. Photographs vary in size, the majority being carte-de-visite format measuring approximately 5,5 x 9,5 cm, and the largest measuring 10 x 15 cm. A most uncommon and generous photographic assemblage of Victorian era notables, including explorers, scientists, philosophers, writers, painters, dignitaries, a scant few foreign politicians and royals, in the form of early and sought-after carte de visite type photographs mounted in a volume by a nineteenth century collector. Some of these are accompanied by the sitter's original signature. Following are some examples from the collection: Famous Explorers •David Livingstone •Henry Morton Stanley •Captain John Hanning Speke •Sir Samuel White Baker •Verney Lovett Cameron Colonial Administrators, Military Leaders •Sir Bartle Frere, British Colonial Administrator •General Gordon of Khartoum, British Army officer and Administrator •Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, influential British Army General •James Harrison Wilson, US Army topographic engineer, Union Army Major General Painters, writers, musicians, and other artists •Charles Dickens •Alfred Tennyson •Henry Wadsworth Longfellow •Sir John Everett Millais ** With signature •John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era •Gustave Doré •Sir Daniel Macnee •Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley, English composer, Professor of music in Edinburgh •Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan •Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron) •Alexander William Kinglake •Very rare - James Cassie, Scottish painter ** With signature •Robert Michael Ballantyne, Scottish author, watercolour artist ** With signature Photographs of early portrait paintings •Abraham Lincoln •Sir Walter Scott •Robert Burns •Sir Anthony van Dyck •Mozart •Leonardo de Vinci Pioneers in Science, Medicine, and Philosophy •Biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, "Darwin's bulldog" of evolution •John Tyndall, prominent 19th-century physicist and discoverer •Sir David Brewster, Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor •Sir William Withey Gull, 1st Baronet, Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria •Adam Sedgwick, one of the founders of modern geology •John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist ** With signature •Sir Charles Wheatstone, English scientist, inventor of the stereoscope •Sir David Brewster, Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer Monarchs, Politicians •British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone •Lord Frederick Charles Cavendish, Liberal politician and protégé of Gladstone •Sir Charles W. Dilke, 2nd Baronet PC, English Liberal and Radical politician •Lord Salisbury, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil •Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany •Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, chief of the Prussian and German General Staff •Alexander II of Russia •Prince Alexander Mikhailovich Gorchakov, Russian diplomat and statesman (seen in English publications of the period as Gostschakoff) •Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia and of Italy Educators and enlighteners •Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), priest, social reformer, historian ** With signature •Charles Haddon Spurgeon, "Prince of Preachers" ** With signature •Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop, son of anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce •James Oswald Dykes, Scottish clergyman and educator ** With signature •Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, novelist, playwright, politician connected to the development of the Crown Colony of British Columbia •Père Hyacinthe (Charles Jean Marie Loyson), preacher, theologian •William Robertson Smith, Scottish orientalist, Biblical scholar ** With signature •Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist, biologist, writer ** With signature Finally, the volume ends with a large albumen photograph captioned "Kennedy" being an elder man who resembles Sergeant Michael Kennedy who was born in Ireland, settled in Australia, and was shot by bushrangers. (The sitter could potentially be his father.) Perhaps most uncommon from the collection: One extremely rare photograph taken circa 1874 of a skilled swimmer and rescue ocean diver who is little-known today, by the name of Paul Boyd, donning an early rubber wetsuit which he had invented for his life-saving service in the Atlantic. He was world-renowned for his aquatic feats, including his crossing the English Channel in twenty-four hours on 28 May 1875. (The manuscript caption erroneously suggests that the image is of Captain Matthew Webb) A photograph of Captain Matthew Webb, in regular street dress, is also present. He was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial sports aids (such as the wetsuit and gear used by Boyd), doing so on 24 August 1875, three months after Boyd's crossing. Paul Boyton, born in Dublin 29 June 1848, was an aquatic entertainer, a submarine diver, and life-saver at sea. He entered the American Navy in 1864, serving until the close of the Civil War. He then turned to submarine diving for several years, and during the revolution in Sonora, Mexico, served under General Pedro Martinez. From 1867 to 1869 he was connected with the life-saving service on the Atlantic Coast, where he saved seventy-one lives. In 1870-71 he served in the Franco-Prussian War with the Franc-tireurs after which he visited the diamond fields of South Africa. He then re-entered the life-saving service, where he remained until after his famous leap from a vessel off the coast of Ireland in 1874. This feat was accomplished in a rubber suit of his own invention, during a furious gale. After remaining nearly seven hours in the water, traversing a distance of forty miles, he reached the land. His suit was manufactured from the finest vulcanized rubber of the period, and consisted of two parts, much like trousers and coat. Only his face was exposed. Boyton was world renowned for his exploits, such as his crossing of the English Channel in twenty-four hours on 28 May 1875. In October of the same year he paddled on the Rhine, from Basle, Switzerland, to Cologne, Germany, 430 miles. Early in 1876 he made the run from Alton, Illinois, to St. Louis, Missouri, on the Mississippi, and from the Bayou Goula to New Orleans, Louisiana. In May, 1876, he was again in Europe, and made the descent of the Danube from Lintz, Austria, to Budapest, Hungary, 460 miles, in six days. He remained in Europe until November, 1878, navigating the important rivers of the Continent, passed through the canals of Venice, and crossing the Straits of Gibraltar. Among his important American navigations is the voyage from Oil City, Pennsylvania, to the Gulf of Mexico, 2342 miles, made in eighty days. In August 1879, he crossed from Long Branch to Manhattan Beach, and in November made the descent of Connecticut River from Canada to Long Island Sound. During 1880-81 he was commander of the Peruvian Torpedo Service. He was captured by the Chileans, and his execution ordered, but managed to escape to the coast, and was picked up by a vessel heading north. His longest voyage, over 3580 miles, was made from the mouth of Cedar Creek, Montana Territory, starting on September 17th, 1881, to St. Louis, Missouri, reaching there on November 20th. He also travelled through the United States of America giving exhibitions of his feats. Returning to England, for two years he organised entertainment at Earl's Court in London. An account of his adventures was published in 1886, titled, "Roughing it in Rubber."
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