Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art

Sold for

ZAR 41 038
Lot 11
  • Jane Tully Heath; Midlands Summer
  • Jane Tully Heath; Midlands Summer
  • Jane Tully Heath; Midlands Summer

Lot Estimate
ZAR 35 000 - 45 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 41 038

About this Item

British 1913-1995
Midlands Summer

signed and dated '72; inscribed with the artist's name, date, the title and medium on the reverse.

oil on canvas
59,5 by 75,5cm excluding frame; 69,5 by 85 by 4cm including frame


"Jane Heath and Carola Brotherton spent much time landscaping in the Natal Midlands, driving out along country roads in an ancient Jeep."—Bronwen (Jinny) Heath

Jane Tully Heath (Lot 11 and 14) trained at the Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art, London, as did her husband, Jack, (Lots 3, 4, 5 and 6) before immigrating to South Africa in 1946. Owing to their training, particularly in London, both artists forged their styles in the wider circle of the great British Modernists, Sir Stanley Spencer and Paul and John Nash. While her art remained ever-rooted in this British, vanguard tradition, the work she later produced in South Africa was based on careful observation and meticulous design, concerned more with decorative, ‘pictorial poetry’ than theory for theory’s sake.

An influential teacher at the Pietermaritzburg Technical College, and Fine Art lecturer at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of Natal from the early 1950s, Heath produced a large body of work in a wide range of media and, while never seeking the spotlight, exhibited successfully around the country. Her plein-air watercolour studies reveal an outrageous comfort in the medium and a seemingly effortless if decisive use of line.


Acquired from the artist by the current owner.


Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, Heath Family Retrospective, 9 July 2009 to 21 February 2010.

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