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Thomas Baines

British 1820-1875 


Thomas Baines was a British artist, naturalist, and explorer of Southern Africa and Australia. He was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England in 1820. As a teenager, he was apprenticed to a coach painter who focused on ornamental painting and coats of arms. At the age of 22, Baines left England for South Africa and settled in Cape Town, where he became a portraitist and landscape painter. Baines became the official war artist during the Eighth Frontier War, which lasted from 1850 to 1853. In 1855 he accompanied Augustus Gregory on an expedition across northern Australia as the official artist and storekeeper, sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society. In 1858, he joined David Livingstone’s Zambezi expedition in the same capacity. However, the two men did not get along and Baines was forced to return to Cape Town before the party reached Victoria Falls. In 1861, Baines teamed up with James Chapman on his journey from South-West Africa to Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River. This trip was fruitful, producing numerous paintings of the falls by Baines, photographs by Chapman, and each published their account of the journey; Baines’ was Explorations in South-West Africa (1864). He returned to England in 1865 but found his way back to Africa in 1868, where he continued to explore Southern Africa until his death in Durban in 1875. Baines’ works are held in the collections of institutions such as the British Museum, London; Royal Geographic Society, London; National War Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland; National Library of Australia, Canberra; and National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare.


24 lots offered      70.83% sold      ZAR 4 254 453
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Thomas Baines; Water Colours (Akwarelle)
18 Sep 2017
Sold for ZAR 5 855
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; Cape Washerwoman at Stream
17 Jul 2017
Sold for ZAR 9 368
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Birds of South Africa
26 Sep 2016
Sold for ZAR 19 907
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Frontier Wars 1851-1853
26 Sep 2016
Sold for ZAR 15 223
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; Watercolours
26 Sep 2016
Sold for ZAR 18 736
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Birds of South Africa
26 Sep 2016
Sold for ZAR 1 523
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; Climbing the Heights of the Drakensberg
23 May 2016
Sold for ZAR 159 152
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Victoria Falls, Zambesi River, Sketched on the Spot
10 Nov 2014
Sold for ZAR 85 260
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; Figures and an Ox Resting on a Hillside
13 Oct 2014
Sold for ZAR 34 104
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Victoria Falls, Zambesi River, Sketched on the Spot
21 Oct 2013
Unsold
Thomas Baines; Scenery and Wild Animals in South East Africa photographed by Kisch of Durban Natal and Bruton of Port Elizabeth from oil paintings by J.T. Baines
12 Nov 2012
Sold for ZAR 423 320
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Thomas Baines; The Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, sketched on the spot
8 Oct 2009
Sold for ZAR 94 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT