BAINES, Thomas (1822-1875). A Collection of Five hand-coloured Lantern slides, Tropical South Africa and the Victoria Falls: Elephant shot at the Scherm; Victoria Falls, Zambezi...from the cliff overlooking the west end of the chasm, looking east. Friday 25th July ; Zanjuellah, the boatman of the rapids, taking us down to Garden Island, Victoria Falls, Zambezi, August 1862; Island on Zambesi; Young palm trees and meteor; and General, or Birds Eye view of the Victoria Falls. Zambezi River from the east showing the broad upper river and the narrow zigzag chasm that receives the water the spray could rises 1200 feet from the bottom of the chasm.
five handcoloured lantern slides, probably by Lawrence Bros., Cape Town, after pictures by Baines [1861-62], three of the wooden mounts titled in ink by Baines, two with printed labels, the slides 110 x 172mm. including mounts, in wooden box addressed in ink by Baines on the sliding lid 'R.White Esq./7 Riches Court/Limestreet/Leadenhall/London/from T Baines.'
Robert White, Grahamstown.
Back in England in 1866, and in need of money, Baines sold all of his paintings (one hundred and twenty seven or so) to his friend the Grahamstown banker Robert White, for £160, and the present lantern slides, after his pictures of the Zambezi expedition of 1861-62, may have been given to White at the same time.
The lantern slides were probably made up by Lawrence Bros. in Cape Town for Baines's two exhibitions and four lectures at the Theatre Royal in 1865.