African Portraits

A Biography of Paul Kruger, Cecil Rhodes and Lobengula

Stuart Cloete


  • Collins
  • London
  • 1946
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 484 pages

The book is out of print.


Nowhere else in history have three contrasting types of human culture been so perfectly embodied in three men then in South Africa in the nineteenth century. Kruger, the Biblical patriarch, Lobengula, the black priest-king, and Rhodes, the prototype of British imperialists, all wanting the same land. This is their biography.


The author has chosen a great subject - the relations and clash of interests between the Boers, the English and the natives as typified in Kruger, Rhodes and Lobengula. But his treatment of the subject is not altogether satisfactory - possibly it was too ambitious a theme. - T. H. Minshall, International Affairs


Stuart Cloete was a South African novelist, essayist, biographer and short story writer.