View and zoom into this image on our new collection website
  • C
  • J. Bruce Cameron
Dr Livingstone's Birthplace, Blantyre
© Estate of the Artist

Reference URL

Dr Livingstone's Birthplace, Blantyre

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
David Livingstone was one of the great Christian missionaries of the nineteenth century, and fought the slave trade in Africa throughout his life with great dedication. His journey across Africa and his discovery, and naming, of Victoria Falls made him Britain's national hero. Livingstone was born in the Lanarkshire town of Blantyre. This etching shows the building which housed the single room that he was born and grew up in.

Glossary Open


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.



  • Acc. No. GMA 148
  • Medium Etching on paper
  • Size 18.60 x 26.50 cm (paper 26.80 x 41.70 cm)
  • Credit Provenance unrecorded