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Thomas Baines; Climbing the Heights of the Drakensberg
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South African 1820-1875
Climbing the Heights of the Drakensberg
signed and inscribed 'Climbing the Heights of the Drakensberg. Wednesday May 31st 1871. Painted by Candlelight - and should be seen by the same - as it looks coarse by day. Presented to Fr Van Zellen esq. by T Baines' in pencil
watercolour and pencil on paper
24.5 by 34cm excluding frame

Sold for R 140 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 159 152

Estimate R 50 000 - 70 000


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'Saturday, 27th. Crossed Bushman's River Bridge and Little Bushman's River. Found Mr. Zeller, the Portuguese consul-general, who is going to the Transvaal to annul all the boundary treaties Senhor Barrahona de Costa has made.

1871. Sunday May 28th. Last night we outspanned on a small rise after a short trek, having been warned that tulp, a plant poisonous to cattle, grew near Blauwe Krantz, where we intended to outspan. Today we were occupied in trying to bring into something like comfortable order. I painted the Portuguese arms on Mr. Van Zeller's waggon and his name and title as Consul General. For this he gave me a sheep, and two more for copying my map for him...'

Taken from Wallis, J.P.R (ed.) (1946) The Northern Goldfields Diaries of Thomas Baines: Second Journey 1871-1872, London: Chatto & Windus. Page 601.



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