Two Zulu men
Robert Forbes of Pietermaritzburg
A carte-de-visite portrait of two young Zulu men, each with an arm around the other’s shoulders.
Photographed by Forbes of Pietermaritzburg in Natal [today the capital and second largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
According to the website of the Royal Commonwealth Society Photography Collection at Cambridge University, the commercial photographer Robert Forbes originally operated a studio at 14 Loop Street in Pietermaritzburg, which by 1878 he had relocated to 8 Greyling Street, Pietermaritzburg. Between 1889 and 1894 he appears to have been active in Bethlehem, a small town roughly 200 miles NW of Pietermaritzburg.
Condition: the print presents a number of small black marks in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, with good tonal range. The mount presents a couple of faint smudges verso but is otherwise also in excellent condition, with crisp edges and sharp corners.