J. Davis (Samoa)

'The late R.L. Stevenson with his wife giving a Picnic to a Ship's Band in Samoa', Sept. 12, 1893

Albumen print, 7¼ x 9¼ in., photographer's blindstamp on recto, loosely inserted in pre-cut corners of album page, titled and inscribed The types of the natives are here well shown in ink on mount; with another photograph. (2)
A passage from Dr. Robertson Nicoll's book Robert Louis Stevenson, 1902 records the event when the band of the 'Katoomba' was entertained on Sept. 12th 1893: 'I got leave from Captain Bickford to have the band of the Katoomba come up, and they came up fourteen of 'em with drum, fife, cymbals and bugles, blue jackets, white caps and smiling faces. The house was all decorated with scented greenery above and below...they played to us, they danced, they sang, they tumbled'.
Further details
See illustration

Lot Essay

More from Cameras, Photographs & Optical Toys

View All
View All