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William Burchell; Portrait of Júli
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Lot 395

South African 1781-1863
Portrait of Júli
dated 12.8.15 in pencil and numbered 747 twice in ink
pencil
32 by 22cm, unframed

Sold for R 22 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 25 010

Estimate R 30 000 - 40 000


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This drawing formed part of the exhibition of the artist's work held at the Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, catalogue number 22.


Sotheby & Co, London, 14 May 1970, lot 62
From the collection of Mrs M McCully, née Burchell (formerly Mrs Burchell Graham)


William Burchell. (1824) Burchell's Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa, volume II, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Browne and Green. Footnote, page 160, illustrated as Plate 3.

"This portrait was drawn in August 1815; only a few days before I sailed from the Cape; but he continued in my pay nearly two years longer; after which he returned with his wife and child to Graaffreynet. He is here exhibited in his usual dress; a blue cloth jacket, leathern trowsers, a cotton handkerchief round his head, and another about his neck. It was by his own desire that he is represented holding his musket; and the position is that in which he used to carry it when approaching any wild animal."



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