'Booshooana Man & Woman' by Thomas Medland

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'Booshooana Man & Woman'
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Print size 28.0 x 35.5 cm
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20.0 x 30.5 cm
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'Booshooana Man & Woman'
Thomas Medland
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© The Royal Society


Portrait of an African couple identified as 'Booshooana' from the region north of the Orange River near the modern South Africa-Botswana border in Africa. The man wears a hide cloak and carries a hunting spear. The woman reclines and is shown smoking tobacco from a pipe, the smoke drawn through water held within a cattle or eland horn. An iron agricultural hoe is on the ground beside her near two ceramic vessels. Plate 20 from the book A voyage to Cochinchina, in the years 1792 and 1793...to which is annexed an account of a journey, made in the years 1801 and 1802, to the residence of the chief of the Booshuana nation...southern Africa...by John Barrow (London, 1806). Printed below: "Drawn by W.Alexander from a sketch by S.Daniel Engraved by T.Medland. Booshooana Man & Woman. Publish'd June 4, 1806, by Messrs.Cadell & Davies, Strand, London". The artist Samuel Daniell accompanied the expedition of William Somerville and Petrus J Truter (1775-1867) from Cape Town in South Africa (then the Cape Colony) north to the border of Botswana in 1801-1802. William Somerville (1771-1860) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1817.

Original: aquatint. 1806

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