Zulu Soldiers of King Panda’s Army, 1847


This lithograph is based on a drawing by the British-born artist, George French Angas (1822–86). Angas traveled to Australia and New Zealand in 1844–45, where he painted some of the earliest views of both countries. Upon his return to England, he showed his paintings to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In 1846, Angas left for South Africa, where he spent two years in Natal and the Cape. In 1849, the London firm of J. Hogarth published The Kafirs Illustrated, which included 30 lithographs based on drawings and watercolors made by Angas in South Africa. Plate 20 depicted the Zulu soldiers of the army of King Umpande, or Panda (died 1871), wearing their distinctive headdresses and carrying oval skin-covered shields. The lithograph is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library.

Last updated: January 8, 2018