EXHIBITED: Possibly Royal Academy, 1893, no. 615 'Henry Morton Stanley, Esq.'
Dorothy Tennant was married to Henry Morton Stanley, known for saying ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’ when at last he found the lost Scottish missionary by the shores of Lake Tanganyika. He was a journalist by profession, and published a book about his epic journey. Famous, he soon found himself plying a new trade as hired adventurer, but his next exploit, tracing the Congo River from start to finish, lost over 200 men (one-third of the party, including all of the other Europeans), and lasted nearly three years. Once a Victorian hero, his reputation has suffered much latterly. This picture was painted ten years before their marriage.