Images of the Gold Coast (West Africa), 1870-1890   
 
Copyright note: All rights reserved. Usage of the texts and images depicted here is only allowed for academic purposes. The 'Images of the Gold Coast' collection is part of the holdings of the Photo Bureau of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Catalogue no.: Album 1643. İ Photo Bureau Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, for original photographs and reprints. Author of the database and the accompanying texts is M.R. Doortmont, Groningen. İ Michel R. Doortmont, 2001-2005 for texts, database layout and content.

 
Code: 0002 4053
Category: Portraits of merchants from Elmina
  
Frederick Isaac Dolphijn (died 1895), merchant, built a huge merchants' house in Elmina in 1880. He is wearing the costume of a member of a Masonic lodge, or a Masonic-type organisation, of which the Gold Coast had several in the nineteenth century.
Mr. Frederick Isaac Dolphijn

 
Code: 0002 4054
Category: Portraits of merchants from Elmina
  
Johannes Jacobus Cornelis Huydecoper and Mr. J.W. Ephson, portrayed together.
Messrs. Huydecoper and Ephson

 
Code: 0002 4043
Category: Views of Cape Coast

1. View of Cape Coast towards the South, from Lighthouse Hill

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

In the foreground one sees a large merchants' house at the foot of the hill. Behind that is Government House, the Methodist Chapel with square tower, and Cape Coast Castle. Behind Government House and another private house one can just see the low round tower of the Anglican Church. On the left of the photo a number of merchants' houses is visible situated in the business centre of the town (Commercial Street). Of further note are the many swish (clay) houses with flat roofs.
View of Cape Coast 1

 
Code: 0002 4042
Category: Views of Cape Coast

2. View of Cape Coast towards the East, from Lighthouse Hill

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

View of one of the older areas of cape Coast, with the business centre and the important eastern road (Ashanti Road, left) prominent in view.
View of Cape Coast 2

 
Code: 0002 4064
Category: Views of Cape Coast

3. Fort William on Lighthouse Hill

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

Fort William was originally a small, strategically positioned fort for the defence of Cape Coast Castle. In the later nineteenth century the British government converted it into a lighthouse. The lighthouse is still there, but no longer in operation.
Fort William on Lighthouse Hill

 
Code: 0002 4065
Category: Views of Cape Coast

4. Cape Coast Castle, main gate and clock tower

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

Cape Coast Castle was headquarters of the British government in the Gold Coast from 1652 to 1875. In the latter year, the seat of government was transferred to Accra (still the capital of Ghana) and the castle lost its function. On the photo, the building is in a bad state of maintenance, showing from the complete lack of whitewash on the walls. Today the castle is a museum and the regional offices of the Ghana Museums and Monument Board.
Cape Coast Castle, main gate

 
Code: 0002 4039
Category: Views of Cape Coast

5. Government House, Cape Coast

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

Government House was originally a merchant's house from circa 1840. Later, the British government on the Gold Coast acquired the building and converted into offices. At the time of Muller's visit it was a hospital. Recently, the building was completely restored and renamed as Heritage House. It is one of the important architectural landmarks in central Cape Coast.
Government House, Cape Coast

 
Code: 0002 4040
Category: Views of Cape Coast

6. Merchant's house in Cape Coast, in use as barracks

It is likely that Hendrik Muller visited Cape Coast after he visited Elmina. Cape Coast is the former British Capital of the Gold Coast, situated circa 15 kilometres east of Elmina. All photo's of Cape Coast show views of the town and were most likely bought by him.

Typical merchant's house in Cape Coast, dating from circa 1850. Not identified. At the time of Muller's visit in use as barracks.
Merchant's house in Cape Coast