A finely executed watercolour miniature on ivory after the portrait of Park by Edridge, engraved by T. Dickinson for Park’s Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa.
Mungo Park (1771-1806), an unemployed twenty-two year old Scottish doctor, found fame through his pioneering exploration on behalf of the African Association of the vast and mysterious River Niger. His second expedition claimed his life and that of all but three of his large contingent of soldiers and sailors but his legacy was that he effectively opened up the interior of Africa for further exploration.
Watercolour on ivory (3 ¾ x 3 in., 9.5 x 7.6 cm.), bust length portrait of Park in a blue coat with cream waistcoat and white stock, old gilt frame.
Stock ID: 89023