'Henry M. Stanley', 1880.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

'Henry M. Stanley', 1880.

Lock, Samuel Robert

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A photographic portrait of Henry Morton Stanley [1841-1904] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1880. "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", Henry Stanley's famous words on finding the explorer alive and well in Central Africa in 1871. Commisioned by the New York Herald to find Livingstone, writer and explorer Stanley travelled extensively acros Africa, regularly filing reports back to the newspaper. Later, his account of his arduous journey, 'How I Found Livingstone' (1872), became a bestseller. Stanley was knighted in 1899. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.



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