Portrait of Robert Moffat

Material Information

Portrait of Robert Moffat
Abbreviated Title:
Rev. Robert Moffat, the Apostle of Bechuana
Reverend Robert Moffat, the Apostle of Bechuana
Baxter, George, 1804-1867 ( Artist )
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Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 painting ; 22.5cm x 28cm


Subjects / Keywords:
Moffat, Robert, 1795-1883
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- South Africa -- Northern Cape -- Seodin -- Kuruman Moffat Mission
-27.383333 x 23.433333


Oil-colour print by George Baxter [published 1843]; the printed inscription has been cut off (The Rev. Robert Moffat, The Apostle of Bechuana)
George Baxter (1804-1867) was an engraver and printer who invented a process of colour printing that made reproductions of paintings available on a mass scale. He supplied colour illustrations to the publisher George Mudie and produced prints for the London Missionary Society. Baxter's process incorporated the aquatint method and involved superimposing the colours using wooden blocks. Baxter used carefully etched plates, a hand press, and the finest colours, oils and paper. He mixed the colours himself but left no record of their composition. The process quickly gained popularity and was widely useful in producing replications of paintings. [Source: National Portrait Gallery]
Custodial History: Print held as part of the LMS Museum (inventory item 136) before being transferred to SOAS Library in January 2008
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Moffat, Robert, 1795-1883 : URI
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Baxter, George, 1804-1867 : URI
General Note:
Bechuana is an ethnic and linguistic group in southern Africa, currently known as Tswana. Bechuanaland was a Tswana speaking region of southern Africa that became known upon independence as Botswana. Tswana is also spoken in the various parts of the Republic of South Africa, including the Northern Cape where the Kuruman Moffat Mission was located.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
CWMLMSHomeAfrica Pictures 6 ( SOAS Order with reference )
CWM/LMS/01/09/05/04/06 ( SOAS CALM reference )


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