Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Timed Online Auction, 13 - 28 February 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Including Property of Collectors and The Harry Kantor Collection.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.

Sold for

ZAR 25 795
Lot 30
  • Robert Hodgins; Night Patrol, New York
  • Robert Hodgins; Night Patrol, New York
  • Robert Hodgins; Night Patrol, New York

Lot Estimate
ZAR 18 000 - 24 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 25 795

About this Item

South African 1920-2010
Night Patrol, New York

signed, dated '02, numbered 18/30, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with The Artists' Press chopmark in the margin; inscribed with the artist's name on a Goodman Gallery label adhered to the reverse

colour lithograph on paper
image size: 49 by 67,5cm; sheet size: 56,5 by 76cm; 78,5 by 97 by 5,5cm including frame


London-born Robert Hodgins immigrated to South Africa in 1938 and served in the Union Defence Force during WWII. After the war he studied art and education at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before returning to South Africa in 1954 to teach, first at the Pretoria Technical College School of Art, and then for nearly twenty years at the University of the Witwatersrand. He only became a full-time artist in the early 1980s when he was in his sixties. Hodgins mentored generations of artists, many of whom have achieved international recognition.

Prior to his death in 2010, he donated his collection of over 400 original prints from his extensive print-making oeuvre, produced during a lengthy artistic career, to the Wits Art Museum. The exhibition of these works in 2013 was accompanied by the publication of A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive (WAM). The Goodman Gallery retrospective show in 2013, Looking Back, presented a full range of his diverse oeuvre and included pencil drawings, prints, watercolours, tapestries, monoprints, ceramic sculpture, and oil paintings. In 2013, Hodgins’ Three Figures and a Crowd was sold by Strauss & Co, Johannesburg, at the ‘WAM Endowment Auction’ for a record price of R 1 300 000.


Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.

Property of Collectors.


Julia Charlton (ed) (2012) A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive, Johannesburg: WITS Art Museum, another example from the edition illustrated in colour on page 275.

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