William Moore (attr.), inscribed: “Macomo and his chief wife,” South Africa, c. 1869.
Along with several other Xhosa leaders and their wives, Maqoma was imprisoned on Robben Island for leading insurgencies during the Frontier Wars of the eighteen-fifties.
This widely circulated portrait was taken after their release.
Even when they were photographed on Robben Island, Maqoma and his wife never sat for the camera without dress coats, hats, and shawls.