The Aftermath of Livingstone's Death

This bonus page provides a curated selection of images related to the immediate aftermath of Livingstone's death. The images offer a useful perspective on Livingstone's final manuscripts by foregrounding a series of cultural contexts often left out in iconic representations focusing on Livingstone himself.

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Livingstone Online's digital collection includes a selection of images related to the aftermath of Livingstone's death in 1873. This bonus page provides a curated selection of these images. Some of the images appeared contemporaneously in the Victorian press; others emerged in subsequent years. The images focus on some of the individuals in Africa and Britain who took part in transporting Livingstone's body to its final resting place in Westminster Abbey and in mourning his death. As a result, the images restore some of the broader contexts in which Livingstone's legacy has resonated and highlight further cultural dimensions useful in the study of Livingstone's final manuscripts.

 

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Inscription on Tree Where David Livingstone's Heart Is Buried. Lantern Slide from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [37]). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.
Transporting David Livingstone's Body to the East Coast of Africa. Lantern Slide from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [38]). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.
(Left; top in mobile) Inscription on Tree Where David Livingstone's Heart Is Buried. (Right; bottom) Transporting David Livingstone's Body to the East Coast of Africa. Lantern Slides from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [37], [38]). Images courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.

Removing the Body from  the 'Malwa' to the Tender 'Queen.' Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:396). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Removing the Body from the 'Malwa' to the Tender 'Queen.' Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:396). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

Depositing Wreaths on the Coffin on the Landing of the Body at Southampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:401). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Depositing Wreaths on the Coffin on the Landing of the Body at Southampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:401). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

The Scene at the Pier, Southhampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:404). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
The Scene at the Pier, Southhampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:404). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

The Procession Passing Through the Streets of Southampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:396). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
The Procession Passing Through the Streets of Southampton. Illustration from 'The Life and Labours of David Livingstone' (Stanley 1874:396). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

Dr. Livingstone's Remains at Southampton: Procession to the Railway Station. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:Cover). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Dr. Livingstone's Remains at Southampton: Procession to the Railway Station. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:Cover). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

David Livingstone Funeral Ticket for Westminster Abbey (Transept), April 1874. Copyright David Livingstone Centre. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).
David Livingstone Funeral Ticket for Westminster Abbey (Transept), April 1874. Copyright David Livingstone Centre. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported

David Livingstone Funeral Ticket for Westminster Abbey (Choir), April 1874. Copyright David Livingstone Centre. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).
David Livingstone Funeral Ticket for Westminster Abbey (Choir), April 1874. Copyright David Livingstone Centre. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported

Funeral of Dr. Livingstone in Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:401). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Funeral of Dr. Livingstone in Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:401). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

Scene at the Grave, Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:405). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Scene at the Grave, Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:405). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

The Grave, Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:400). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Picture Postcard of the Tombstone of David Livingstone in Westminster Abbey, Date Unknown. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
(Left; top in mobile) The Grave, Westminster Abbey. Illustration from Review of David Livingstone's Last Journals (Anon. 1874:400). (Right; bottom) Picture Postcard of the Tombstone of David Livingstone in Westminster Abbey, Date Unknown. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland.
David Livingstone Memorial, Chitambo's Village, Zambia. Lantern Slide from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [39]). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.
Inscription from David Livingstone Memorial, Chitambo's Village, Zambia. Lantern Slide from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [40]). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.
(Left; top in mobile) David Livingstone Memorial, Chitambo's Village, Zambia. (Right; bottom) Inscription from David Livingstone Memorial, Chitambo's Village, Zambia. Lantern Slides from the Life, Adventures, and Work of David Livingstone (Anon. 1900: [39], [40]). Images courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.

Estimate Book: Expected Costs of Publishing David Livingstone's Last Journals (Murray 1874:[1]). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Estimate Book: Expected Costs of Publishing David Livingstone's Last Journals (Murray 1874:[1]). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

Trade Advert for Mr. Murray's New Works, Now Ready: Dr. Livingstone's Last Journals in Central Africa, Quarterly Review, 138 (January-April 1875): January 1875, 1. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Trade Advert for "Mr. Murray's New Works, Now Ready: Dr. Livingstone's Last Journals in Central Africa," Quarterly Review, 138 (January-April 1875): January 1875, 1. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland

Alphabetical Adventures of Livingstone in Africa for Boys and Girls (Iredale 1941:[2]), detail. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Alphabetical Adventures of Livingstone in Africa for Boys and Girls (Iredale 1941:[2]), detail. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/).
Alphabetical Adventures of Livingstone in Africa for Boys and Girls (Iredale 1941:[2]), two details. Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Share-alike 2.5 UK: Scotland.

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