South African Sketches. Plate III. Breakfast Party of Kaffir Marauders detected
Bell sketched a number of ethnographic studies of the different non-European South Africans while on an expedition into the Interior with Dr Andrew Smith in 1834. The sketches were laden with the colonialists' views and opinions on each ethnic group. 'Malays' were seen as elegant and graceful; 'Hottentots' (Khoikhoi) as uncouth; 'Kaffirs' (Xhosa) as warriors. Bell was based at the Cape at the same time as the Herschels and in the small colonial community they became friends. Both were interested, academically if not personally with the plight of the non-European South Africans. Both were also interested and frequently complimentary about the work of the missionaries. Though Bell never made a living from his work as an artist he had copies made to give or to sell to interested friends.
Charles Joseph Hullmandel
Original size: 279 mm x 380 mm
- Image reference: PY6030
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
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