View on the Kwanga River with Native in a Canoe
About the work
Place: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Whitehall
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About the artist
Little is known of explorer and amateur artist Henry Bailey. From 1884 to 1888, he travelled through the Congo Free States. Some of the paintings Bailey made during these travels were reproduced as engravings in his recollection of the trip ‘Travel and Adventures in the Congo Free State and its Big Game Shooting’. He wrote the book under the ‘nom de plume’ or pen name Bula N’Zau, meaning elephant smasher; a title given to him by the locals. A watercolour by Henry Bailey, showing farm labourers tending a field of cabbages, is in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2003, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. purchased a collection of sketches, photographs and a map, relating to his travels through the Congo.
Henry Bailey ( - 1907)
- View on the Kwanga River with Native in a Canoe
- Oil on canvas
- height: 22.00 cm, width: 33.50 cm
- Purchased from Charles J Sawyer, June 1975
- br: H.B.
- GAC number