By Doortmont

Within the overdue Nineteen Twenties the Gold Coast businessman Charles Francis Hutchison released the 1st quantity of his publication titled The Pen-Pictures of recent Africans and African Celebrities. The booklet comprises 162 biographical sketches of Ghanaians that have been vital in enterprise, in society and the church, in govt, and in (nationalist) politics, either from Hutchison's personal time and from the 19th century. The textual content of the biographies is in clean verse, and portrait images accompany such a lot sketches. extra photos of homes and unique occasions, and extra biographical info within the type of lists of well-known deceased humans entire the ebook. The Pen-Pictures is a widely known resource for the background of the Gold Coast, glossy Ghana, pointed out and quoted via either specialist historians and lay-people. In influence, The Pen-Pictures is a vital socio-historical record. The structure, the fashion of presentation, the intimacy of a few of the lifestyles histories, the review provided of non-European Gold Coast society within the Nineteen Twenties, all of them let for a number of analyses via historians, sociologists, social anthropologists and students of language and literature. This annotated variation is the 1st reprint of the e-book and gives a full of life and either traditionally and literarily fascinating textual content approximately an immense part in Ghanaian historical past. The further creation and annotation supply a context hitherto unavailable to the coed and normal reader.

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W. Yarak will discuss this and other topics, only briefly referred to here, in detail in a forthcoming publication on the Bartels family of Elmina. 46 Cf. Lynn 1997: 141; Doortmont GCDB. 47 Together with his cousin Carel Bartels of Elmina and European ‘brothers’ they established Gold Coast Lodge No. 773 (cf. Ephson (I) 1969-1973: 51-52). 48 See Wilks 1975: 216-218. 49 Hutchison inaccurately says that he died of malaria. 50 Career and personal information for the Cape Coast period can also be found on this gravestone (inspected April 1995; January 2003); cf.

51 According to his biography in The Pen-Pictures. At his death, Robert Hutchison left an insolvent estate. However, it seems strange that in this situation his son was able and allowed to enter university at all. See PRAAD, SCT 5/4/297, Supreme Court Cape Coast, Insolvent Record Book, 1855-1873, nos. 56, 57, 59, dated 16 June 1864, 7 February 1865. 20 INTRODUCTION Tarkwa in the Western Province (1897). In between, William Francis Hutchison worked as a surveyor (1882), went into government service as an Inspector of Roads (ca.

Stephanie Newell in Brighton for her insightful contribution on the theme of ‘whiteness’, from which I derived this part of the argumentation. Cf. Sekyi 1915 [1979]; S. Newell, personal communication (e-mail), 3 June 2004). 92 We can only guess the reason for this approach. Hutchison himself gives no explanation for the how and why of his choices. Some figures are so ‘ordinary’ that one can only think Hutchison tried to prove the excellence of Gold Coast achievements – at least in part – by praising normality.

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