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'Baobab near the bank of the Lue' (Adansonia digitata)

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Oil on canvas. Inscribed in paint on verso of canvas 'BAOBAB near the bank of the Lue, a tributary of the Zambesi River above Kabrabasi. It seems to consist of three original stems now united as they have grown up. The whole group is 17 yards in circumference and two of the stems now united In 18 feet from the ground 13 yards. Novr 27 1858'. The painting was executed around seven months later at Tete. This particular tree was observed by Baines while accompanying Dr. David Livingstone on his Zambesi Expedition. Livingstone set out to explore the rapids at Kebrabasa, finally reaching them on the 9th November 1858. Of the surrounding topography he noted, 'The country, between Tette and Panda Mokua, where navigation ends, is well wooded and hilly on both banks...Conspicuous among the trees, for its gigantic size, and bark coloured exactly like Egyptian syenite, is the burly Baobab. It often makes other trees of the forest look like mere bushes in comparison'.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654507

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Baines, Thomas (1820-1875)

Filename: BAI00000026.jpg

Image Size: 10037 x 7039 Pixels

Filesize is 4.63MB

Version 2 is 11.69MB

Associated Categories: Landscapes

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