Village and King's House, Bight of Biafra, Cameroons, 1841


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Image Reference
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Source
William Allen, A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841 (London, 1848), vol. 2, p. 240. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "King Bell's house, Cameroons"; king sitting in front of his house being entertained by dancers. "King Bell's house is very well built, with a raised story, surrounded by a verandah . . . .We . . . found [him] in front of his house, seated in a large arm-chair, with no other dress than an ample cotton cloth folded round the loins, and an English black beaver hat on. He was surrounded by a number of his people, who had devoted this cooler portion of the day to recreation. The principal performers were the Egbo men . . . " (Allen, pp. 240-41).