Charles Hose (1863-1929) went to Borneo in 1884 as a civil servant to work for Charles Brooke the Rajah of Sarawak, founder of the Sarawak Museum. Hose eventually became a member of the Supreme Council and a judge of the Supreme Court. When he retired he returned to Norfolk where he spent his days teaching about Sarawak and its peoples. His most significant publication was The Pagan Tribes of Borneo (see lot 271). Hose was an enthusiastic photographer and the Sarawak Civil Service List states: "While in Sarawak [Hose] distinguished himself as a geographer, anthropologist and collector of natural history specimens. His numerous journeys in the Baram District, which he was the first Officer to explore thoroughly, brought him into contact with many interior tribes, who, through his influence, came under Sarawak control and made peace with Sarawak tribes". Robert Shelford (1872–1912), was a British entomologist and museum administrator, working as the Curator of the Sarawak Museum in Kuching.
The album opens with a series of images taken in and around Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, however the majority of photographs show Dyak life and culture (including head-hunting), with ethnographic portraits, architectural views and cultural pursuits.
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