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1876 Woodburytype of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere
(Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere)

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. A sharp and clear oval Woodburytype portrait of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere; approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" size, on the original heavy paper 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet; Sir (Henry) Bartle Edward Frere, first baronet (1815-1884) British colonial governor in India and with much action in the Zulu wars of Africa - "...Frere's work on the Council of India at home and during his two missions abroad, to curb the Zanzibar slave trade (November 1872-June 1873) and to accompany the prince of Wales around the Indian empire (October 1875-April 1876), brought further acclaim and an ever-growing reputation as a great statesman of empire...The fall of Bartle Frere is the stuff of classical tragedy. Around the turn of the twentieth century he enjoyed some historiographical rehabilitation in the writings of the imperial school of John Martineau, W. B. Worsfold, Lord Milner, and others. But the verdicts of scholars in the era of decolonization, in particular on the causes and consequences of the Anglo-Zulu War, have brought the wheel full-circle back to Gladstone's and Colenso's condemnation of Frere's ‘imperialist’ capacity for independent, logical, yet ruthless action. Charm, dedication, ability, courtesy, and civilized scholarship concealed this steely inner core - though in South Africa it proved to be brittle with age rather than resilient with youth..." (John Benyon in the DNB); photograph by Thompson Cooper, Lock & Whitfield photographers; oval Woodburytype, (photoglyptie) patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) an early form of photomechanical print, made by embossing a photographic image on paper with a metal mold containing the gelatin relief of a photographic negative: "...the tonal scale of the resultant image was highly luminous...has a continuous tone, showing neither a screen nor a grain pattern..." (Baldwin, 1991); a striking portrait of this noted British politician, statesman of some major importance in colonial history; in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 20133)


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