Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection, Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 22 November 2022

Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection Live Auction
About the Session

Matthys Strydom was a true connoisseur of South African art. As director of the well-known Strydom Gallery in George for more than 30 years, he was responsible for the selection of a wide variety of prime art works from all over the country for the annual exhibitions. The Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection offered by Strauss & Co gives collectors and art lovers the chance to become part of this great selection from the art history of our country.


Sold for

ZAR 91 040
Lot 233
  • Eleanor Esmonde-White; Group of Figures on the Beach
  • Eleanor Esmonde-White; Group of Figures on the Beach
  • Eleanor Esmonde-White; Group of Figures on the Beach


Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 91 040

About this Item

South African 1914-2007
Group of Figures on the Beach

signed; inscribed with the artist's name, title, exhibition and provenance on a South African National Gallery label adhered to the reverse

oil on canvas
59 by 74,5cm excluding frame; 79,5 by 94,5 by 6,5cm including frame

Notes

Dr Strydom was a strong supporter of Eleanor Esmonde-White and presented her works regularly at his annual summer exhibition in his gallery in George. Amongst his extensive collection are no less than eight artworks by the artist: four oils, three charcoal drawings and a wood engraving.

Eleanor Frances Esmonde-White began her studies at the University of Natal in 1932. In 1933 she won the Herbert Baker Scholarship which enabled her to study mural painting at the Royal College of Art in London. Whilst there she and Le Roux Smith Le Roux were commissioned to decorate a wall of South Africa House, the new South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square. Exhibition murals, tapestry and mosaic designed for public buildings, occupied much of Esmonde-White’s early career. She continued to travel between London and South Africa during the years 1938-1954. In 1938 she joined the New Group and was a part of the Group until 1954. In 1949 Esmonde-White established the design department at the Michaelis School of Fine Art where she taught for 12 years, retiring in 1960 and thereafter moving to Corfu, Greece. Her work largely centres on women engaged in daily tasks – her compositions have warmth navigating the borders of sentimentality that have a wide-ranging appeal, her most popular subjects being bathers and mothers with children.

Provenance

Sotheby Parke Bernet South Africa, Johannesburg, 19 April 1977, lot 97.

Mr and Mrs AA Friedman, Cape Town.

Tommy Friedman, 25 January 1978.

Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection.

Exhibited

South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Solo Exhibition, 1958.

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