July ART

Timed Online Auction, 28 June - 8 July 2024

A Tapestry of Eastern Cape Landscapes
About the Session

A Tapestry of Eastern Cape Landscapes celebrates the Eastern Cape’s rich artistic heritage that includes exceptional pieces by influential artists, Hylton Nel and Athi-Patra Ruga, globally renowned artists shaped by the Eastern Cape and recently celebrated by luxury brand Dior. 

The Grahamstown Group, initiated by Brian Bradshaw, created a pictorial identity for the Rhodes University Art School, typified by a vibrant palette and monumental compositions. Notable artists from this art school that make up the first half of the session: Brain Bradshaw, Robert Brooks, Noel Hodnett, Hilary Graham, Joss Nel, and Estelle Marais, among others. The sale commemorates Robert Brooks, head of the art school at Rhodes University from 1981 until 1997, who recently passed.

Furthermore, the session showcases two notable paintings by Frederick Timpson I'Ons, portraying early residents of Grahamstown and cattle at Kariega River. These artworks provide a valuable glimpse into the Eastern Cape landscape during the 1800s, serving as significant historical documents. Featured alongside are works by Nigel Mullins, Ben Coutouvidis, Hermann Niebuhr, Helen Timm, interior scenes by Cathy Layzell and Anne Collins, compelling photographs by Obie Oberholzer, striking felt Aloe sculptures from the Keiskamma Art Project. Notably, the session also includes a rare oil painting by Betsy Fordyce portraying the Durban harbour.


Sold for

ZAR 49 245
Lot 124
  • Frederick Timpson I'Ons; Chiefs Sandilli, Anta and Macomo Waiting for War News by Special Messenger
  • Frederick Timpson I'Ons; Chiefs Sandilli, Anta and Macomo Waiting for War News by Special Messenger
  • Frederick Timpson I'Ons; Chiefs Sandilli, Anta and Macomo Waiting for War News by Special Messenger


Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 49 245
Location
Cape Town

About this Item

South African 1802-1887
Chiefs Sandilli, Anta and Macomo Waiting for War News by Special Messenger

inscribed with artist's name and the title on a plaque adhered to the frame; inscribed with the artist's name and title on the stretcher and a plaque adhered to the reverse

watercolour and oil on canvas
23 by 37,5cm excluding frame; 31 by 46,5 by 5,5cm including frame

Provenance

The Dr Ryno Greenwall Collection.

Strauss & Co, Cape Town, 15 March 2010, lot 109.

Notes

The present lot is accompanied by a note adhered to the reverse with the following inscribed:

'I'Ons, Frederick Timpson, 1802-1887
Sandilla, Anta & Maccomo, k*** chiefs: k***
telegraph. [c.1860]. 20 x 36cm.
watercolour, with additions in oil. framed.
Date from ms. list of Mendelssohn pictures.
Sandile is depicted as surrounded by his chiefs, awaiting a native who is bringing in a written message in a cleft stick."

Literature

Edna Bradlow and Tony Westby-Nunn (2014) Frederick I'ons: Artist 1802-1887, South Africa: Dr Edna Bradlow and Tony Westby-Nunn, illustrated in colour on page 76.

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