National Anthropological Archives

MS 1999-23 Herbert Ward drawings from the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, circa 1886-1889

Collection ID:
Ward, Herbert, 1863-1919
circa 1886-1889
Physical Description:
51 Drawings
Disbound album :

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection is composed of a disbound album containing fifty-one drawings by Herbert Ward, made when he was a member of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. Most of the drawings depict men and women of the upper Congo River, but several others depict tools and implements.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1886-1889) was a British expedition through the interior of Africa led by Henry Morton Stanley. The professed goal of the expedition was to provide aid to Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria, which was threatened by Mahdist forces of Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah.
Herbert Ward (1863-1919) moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then called Zaire) in 1884. He joined the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1886-1889) as an aide to Stanley. After the expedition, Ward returned to Europe, where he lectured and wrote about his experiences in the Congo. In 1893, he began formal art training, including the study of sculpture, and became a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He spent most of his later life crafting bronzes of Africans and African life; his sculptures and his collection of African artifacts were exhibited by the United States National Museum in 1922.

Carrie Gehrer, Sarah Ganderup
Existence and Location of Copies note
Reference copy prints available.
Custodial History note
Gift of Sir Colville Barclay, grandson of Herbert Ward, 1999.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
NAA.MS1999-23, Herbert Ward drawings from the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Ward's collection of bronzes and artifacts held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 067312.
Location of Other Archival Materials
A pamphlet on the Herbert Ward African Collection can be found in the National Anthropological Archives reference files.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Royal Geographical Society holds papers relating to Herbert Ward.

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