Behind The Heads: Natural History, Empire and The Abel Chapman Collection. Part 2.

An undated photo of the Uganda Railway near Mombasa (http:/www.jaduland.de, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)
Elmi Hasan, Abel Chapman and an unknown Game Tracker with a dead Hyena, British East Africa, 1904.
Detail of an illustration from Chapman’s 1907 book ‘On Safari’. In it, Chapman rests under a tree while assistants butcher a Zebra carcass.
Illustration from ‘On Safari’ showing porters returning from a hunt with a rhino head destined to become a hunting trophy.
Photograph from ‘On Safari’ showing a group of local people near Lake Turkana in what is now Kenya.
Illustration from ‘On Safari’ titled Executors. It depicts Hyenas digging up the body of one of Chapman’s employees, a porter named Ibrahim. In the foreground, three Hyenas fight over his body. In the background, a fourth eats his hand.
Undated photo showing a wall in Abel Chapman’s house (©Natural History Society of Northumbria)

References

  1. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography at https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/64726.
  2. Das, S., Lowe, M. 2018. Nature Read in Black and White: decolonial approaches to interpreting natural history collections. Journal of Natural Science Collections, Volume 6, pages 4–14.
  3. Chapman, A. 1851–1929. On Safari Big-Game Hunting in British East Africa with Studies in Bird-Life, page 72.
  4. Lessing, D. 1950. The Grass Is Singing, page 80.
  5. Chapman, A. 1921. Savage Sudan; Its Wild Tribes, Big Game And Bird Life, page 304.
  6. Chapman, A. 1851–1929. On Safari Big-Game Hunting in British East Africa with Studies in Bird-Life, page 149.
  7. Sanghera, S. 2021. Empireland.
  8. Marshall, P. J. The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire as quoted in Sanghera, S. Empireland.
  9. Morris, P. (pers. comm.).

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