Royal Commonwealth Society : Water colours and sketches of southern Africa

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<p>Water colours and pen and ink sketches documenting Anderson's travels in southern Africa, accompanied by his original captions and explanatory notes.</p> <p>Little is known of the life of Andrew Arthur Alexander. A native of Scotland, he emigrated to southern Africa during the mid-nineteenth century, where he farmed in Natal. From 1860 he began exploring the country to the north and west, initially travelling through the Orange Free State, the Transvaal and Swaziland by waggon, and returned to Natal in 1863. Subsequent travels during the 1860s and 1870s took Anderson to the western Transvaal, the Kalahari, Bechuanaland and Matabeleland. In Cape Town in 1873 he published a 'Map of the interior of South Africa' based upon surveys he had conducted over a period of seven years. In 1878-79, he served with Major R.H. Buller's Frontier Light Horse during the Zulu War, probably hiring his waggon as transport. He visited Pretoria during 1879-81, sketching the town and military camps. Anderson was in England between 1884 and 1888, during which time he published another map, 'The interior of South Africa.' After a brief return to South Africa, Anderson finally departed for England in 1890. In 1891 he published an adventure story for children, 'A romance of N'Shabé : being a record of startling adventures in South Central Africa' (1891), written in collaboration with the novelist A. Wall.</p>

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