Massacre of Rev. John Williams.

Material Information

Massacre of Rev. John Williams.
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Massacre of Reverend John Williams.
Alternate title:
Death of Reverend John Williams
On permanent loan from the Council for World Mission Archive.
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Paper ( medium )
H21,5 x W31,5 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Ni-Vanuatu (Melanesian people)
Missionaries ( lcsh )
Christian martyrs ( lcsh )
Williams, John, 1796-1839
Spatial Coverage:
Pacific -- Vanuatu -- Tafea -- Erromango
-18.8139 x 169.1228


This print in the Council for World Mission archive vividly encapsulate the most dramatic aspects of missionary life. It shows a very different reception the next day on the island of Erromango, where Williams and a companion were butchered within minutes of landing, and eaten. A martyr to his faith, Williams became a legend and inspiration for missionaries and a series of seven London Missionary Society ships were named John Williams. -- This print is one of the ‘Baxter prints' after their creator, George Baxter (1804-67), a personal friend of Rev. Williams. Using wooden blocks to superimpose the different colours, this innovatory process was popular for a short time, but did not bring wealth to its inventor and was replaced by lithography, leaving Baxter to die in poverty (Text by Susannah Rayner, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 11
General Note:
British Library notes: "Massacre of the Rev. John Williams; a cleric being attacked by several men with clubs, spears and bow and arrow. At the back of him is a boat with sailors and other men being attacked by another group of men."

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
CMW/LMS, Baxter Prints ( soas manuscript number )