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In Victorian pictures: Tonga, the pyramids and the West Indies

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Glass slides from the late 19th and early 20th century that document the adventures of a Victorian Englishman are up for sale

The slides document the travels of Henry Harrison, a Paymaster General of the Royal Navy. They are to be sold by a relative of Harrison’s at Duke’s Fine Art Auction House, Dorchester,

They depict many countries he visited whilst with the Navy, including shots of Tonga and the West Indies, and famous sites such as the pyramids of Egypt. The slides also document the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1895. Twelve of the slides capture disturbing scenes of the anti-foreign uprising, which are ‘not for the faint hearted to see’.

The slides, originally black and white, were painted by Henry Harrison himself to add colour. The paint set he used will also be included in the auction. Deborah Doyle, the owner of Duke’s Auction House, describes the ‘poignant’ slides as ‘an important part of our world history’.

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