Sir Samuel Baker (1821-1893)

Samuel White Baker, English explorer and writer, is credited with discovering the source of the Nile. Together with his wife, Florence von Sass, Baker began his exploration of Africa in 1861. In 1864 he was the first white to reach Albert Nyanza (Lake Albert) and demonstrate that the Nile flowed through it. Upon the couple's return to London in 1866 Baker was knighted. He wrote several books about his explorations. Baker was given the rank of pasha and major-general in the Ottoman army in 1869 and led 1700 Egyptian troops in a military expedition up the Nile, accompanied by his wife. Although they returned to England in 1874, Baker continued to travel - to Cyprus, India, Egypt, the Rocky Mountains, and Japan - and to write books on his travels. Here Baker poses in his explorer's garment, holding a walking stick, at the Maull & Co. studio in London.

1867 circa 5 years
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Henry Maull (London)
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