British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia, North America, southern Africa, Europe and Asia. Two tables (top left and top right) list the imperial possessions by area and population, with the totals being over 7 million square miles and nearly 165 million people. Some years of acquisition are also shown. This map was produced in the late 1850s by the Scottish cartographer John Bartholomew (1831-1893). Africa includes the 1856 route taken by the Scottish explorer David Livingstone.
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Thomas Hardwicke, British naturalist
Major-General Thomas Hardwicke (1755-1835), British naturalist. Hardwicke served in the army of the British East India Company from 1778 to 1823, becoming Major-General in 1819. During this time, he collected numerous animal specimens and drawings. On his return he published 'Illustrations of Indian Zoology' (1830â"35). He was elected Fellow of the Linnean Society (1804) and Fellow of the Royal Society (1813). His collection of 4500 illustrations is held by the Natural History Museum, London, UK. This oil-on-canvas painting, by John Lucas (1807-1874), dates from circa 1830. Original held at the Natural History Museum.
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SECOND AFGHAN WAR, 1878. 'Save Me From My Friends!' Amir Sher Ali of Afghanistan
SECOND AFGHAN WAR, 1878.
'Save Me From My Friends!' Amir Sher Ali of Afghanistan endeavors to stand between the Russian bear and the British lion as each eyes the other with suspicion. English cartoon by Sir John Tenniel, 1878, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Afghan War.
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