Matabele man with shield and spear
W. Rausch of Bulawayo
Another silver gelatin print depicting a Matabele man in war regalia, this time posed in the photographer’s studio against a painted backdrop, with a few genuine rocks and branches placed around the staged scene. Numbered ‘137’ in the negative.
Photographed by W. Rausch of Bulawayo.
By the middle of the 1890s, the photographer W. Rausch had established a studio in Bulawayo on Abercorn Street opposite the Bank of Africa, where, according to advertisements he placed in local newspapers, ‘All kinds of photographic work undertaken – groups photographed in town or country’ (Bulawayo Sketch, 21 November 1896). He also offered for sale ‘native’ portraits, photographic Christmas cards, and albums depicting the principal streets and buildings of Bulawayo.
Dimensions: the print measures 8” by 6” (20.5 cm by 15.1cm) and is mounted on a slightly larger piece of cut-down album page that has been neatly separated from its reverse side by a professional conservator.
Condition: the print presents a few minor imperfections, most notably a small black mark in the area of the background near the left-hand edge, but is otherwise in excellent condition with good tonal range.