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. 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. Michel R. Doortmont, 2001-2005 for texts, database layout and content.

 
Code: 0002 4038
Category: Views of Cape Coast

7. View of Commercial Street, 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.

Photo of Commercial Street, the business centre, towards the south. The high building middle left was originally a merchant's house, but for a long time has also been used as the palace of the traditional king (omanhin) of Cape Coast. In 2001 the building housed a restaurant. Notice the black blotches in the street: persons who escaped the image because of the long exposure time.
View of Commercial Street, Cape Coast

 
Code: 0002 4037
Category: Images of the colonial Gold Coast

Chief Sakite of Manya Krobo with entourage 

Formal group portrait of paramount chief Sakite of Manya Krobo in what is today the Eastern Region of Ghana. He reigned from 1867 up to his death on 29 January 1892.

The photo shows a combination of traditional and colonial symbolic elements. On the one hand we see the umbrella and the staffs of office held by several persons, on the other the chain and medal, and the sword, which were received by the chief from the British colonial government. The necklace, badge and sword were presented to him by the British Governor for his merits in the 1873-74 Asante-war. The sword had an inscription stating
Chief Sakite of Manya Krobo with entourage

Code: 0002 4038
Category: Images of the colonial Gold Coast

Compound in Osu, Accra

Women grinding corn in the compound of a traditional swish house in Osu, Accra, circa 1870-'80. Photo probably taken by Basle missionary in Accra.
Compound in Osu, Accra


Code: 0000 0000
Category: Hendrik Muller on the Gold Coast

1. Portrait of H.P.N. Muller with Chief Andoh of Elmina

Photo of Hendrik Muller (left) with Chief Andoh of Elmina and his assistants and parasol bearer. Photo taken by W.S. Johnston July 1890, in an Elmina Street. Photo reproduced as postcard (still in circulation in 1906). 

This picture was not found in the KIT collection and was probably in the part of the series that was lost in fire.
Portrait of H.P.N. Muller with Chief Andoh of Elmina