Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa

Sold for

ZAR 64 488
Lot 7
  • Thomas Bowler; Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope
  • Thomas Bowler; Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope
  • Thomas Bowler; Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope

Lot Estimate
ZAR 35 000 - 45 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 64 488

About this Item

South African 1812-1869
Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope

signed, dated 1868 and inscribed with the title; inscribed with the title on a label adhered to the reverse

watercolour on paper
22,5 by 33,5cm excluding frame; 52 by 64,5 by 3cm including frame


Thomas Bowler first began to take painting seriously when he resided on Robben Island as the tutor to the two children of Captain Wolfe (commandant of Robben Island from 1833 to 1846). As such, much of Bowler's early work and, indeed, a large portion of his oeuvre depicts marinescapes in Table Bay.

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