Watercolour painting of Robert Moffat rescuing an abandoned child

Scope and Content

Original painting, 27cm x 31.5cm. Notes on the reverse of tha painting read, "said to have been painted by Mr Heaptry". The painting also shows a lady seen from the back [possibly Mrs Moffat]. The baby in the picture was Sarah Roby (a Bechuana girl said to have been buried in infancy, rescued and reared by the Moffats).

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Custodial History

Painting originally presented [to the London Missionary Society] by the relatives of Mrs (Jemima) Luke. It was held as part of the LMS Museum (inventory item 133) before being transferred to SOAS Library in January 2008.

Related Material

A photograph of a painting of Sarah Roby (by Mrs Jemima Luke), can be found with images of Robert Moffat and his family held in the 'Livingstone Pictures' series (reference: CWM/LMS/Home/Livingstone Pictures/Box 2, File 17)