Hand-coloured photographs of explorer’s travels in the 19th century

Published on September 15th, 2009 | by Admin


Back in the 19th century, explorer Henry Harrison traveled the globe, taking photographs along the way and meticulously colouring them in by hand. The collection is set to hit the auction block and someone is going to take home an amazing collection.

Harrison travelled the globe with his trusty camera and even recorded the grisly early stages of the Boxer Rebellion in China in the late 1890s.

Other locations depicted include the pyramids at Giza, India, Venice, Pompeii, Tonga and the West Indies.

One of the never before seen slides is labelled: “An English party ascending the Great Pyramid.”  There are pictures of snake charmers, huge cannon being unloaded, ships along the Suez Canal and images of HMS Victory and the Royal Yacht “Victoria and Albert”.

He clearly spent time in the Holy Land and there are colour pictures of the Tomb of David, Garden of Gethsemane, the Wailing Wall, Nazareth and Jericho.

Sudanese warriors, Egyptian crocodile catchers, Indian mahouts, fighting Sikhs, Bengali lancers and even a Whirling Dervish – described as a Howling Dervish – are all recorded.

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