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Sold for

ZAR 68 280
Lot 435
  • Thomas Bowler; Alabama Leaving Table Bay
  • Thomas Bowler; Alabama Leaving Table Bay
  • Thomas Bowler; Alabama Leaving Table Bay
  • Thomas Bowler; Alabama Leaving Table Bay

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 68 280

About this Item

South African 1812-1869
Alabama Leaving Table Bay
watercololour heightened with bodycolour on paper
16,5 by 49,5cm excluding frame; 37,5 by 68 by 2cm including frame


The Confederate raider, The Alabama, visited Cape Town in 1863 and 1864, during the American Civil War, for the purpose of taking on provisions and refitting. Her visits drew large crowds and much public interest in this vessel and her charismatic Captain, Raphael Semmes. "Captain Green relates in Africana Notes and News that Bowler's youngest daughter narrowly missed being named 'Alabama'!"1

1. ibid, page 55.


The Dr Ryno Greenwall Collection.

Private Collection.


cf. Frank Bradlow (1967) Thomas Bowler: His life and work, Cape Town: A.A. Balkema. A similar example is illustrated on page 120, catalogue number 115. Present owner: William Fehr Collection, Rust en Vreugd.

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