Some of the Earliest Photographs of Fiji from 1881 to Make £20,000 at Bonhams

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LONDON.- An extraordinary journey into the heart of Fiji some 129 years ago by three British brothers, carrying with them all the heavy paraphernalia associated with early photography, returned in triumph with images that still fascinate today. This remarkable collection of photographs taken on a journey by three Ansdell brothers has been passed down through the family and is to be auctioned by Bonhams on September 15 in the Travel and Topographical Sale in New Bond Street. In 1881 Gerrard Ansdell (son of the celebrated sporting and animal painter, Richard Ansdell RA), set out from Melbourne with his younger brother Carrol Ansdell, in search of their older brother Richard Eden Ansdell who they knew to be coffee planting somewhere in Fiji. They eventually tracked Richard down in Viti Levu, whereupon they all undertook an extended trip up the river during which the author recorded tribal customs, descriptions of the villages and