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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 565

    Lieutenant-Colonel R. Baigrie, 19th Century

    A column of troops with elephants passing the fortress of Amba Aladjie, Abyssinia

    Price Realised  

    Lieutenant-Colonel R. Baigrie, 19th Century
    A column of troops with elephants passing the fortress of Amba Aladjie, Abyssinia
    inscribed '7541./9326E.E.' (lower left)
    pencil, brown ink and wash
    18¾ x 13½ in. (47.6 x 34.3 cm.)


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    This watercolour is one of thirty painted by Lt. Col. R. Baigrie during preliminary reconnaissance of the route into Abyssinia in the autumn of 1867. His paintings often give information, such as measurements of heights and distances, and topographical details that might assist an army invading unknown territory.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's sale; London, 17 December 1979, lot 60.


    Literature

    A woodcut after this watercolour was published in the Illustrated London News and again by R. Acton in The Abyssinian Expedition, (London, 1868), p. 49.