Important Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Ceramics

Live Auction, 8 October 2009

Part II - Paintings, Watercolours, Prints and Sculpture

Sold for

ZAR 61 270
Lot 246


Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 61 270

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Notes

Sold: Christie's, London, Exploration and Travel, 17 September 1998, lot 76

A fine and very rare set of the "Alberti Prints" originally intended as an accompaniment to his De Kaffers aan de Zuidkust van Afrika (Amsterdam: Maaskamp, 1810, 8 degrees).   Alberti "accompanied General JW Janssens when he proceeded to the Cape as Governor of the Colony under the Batavian Republic, in 1802.   He was a captain in the Fifth Battalion of the "Corps de Waldeck", and in the following spring was sent to Fort Frederick in Algoa Bay, where he took the direction of affairs relating to the Kaffirs and Hottentots, and acted as landrost" (Mendelssohn I, p 18)

The original drawings were apparently made on the spot by Baron de Howen, worked up by Smies in Amsterdam and then engraved and aquatinted by Portman.   Otto, Baron de Howen, was a Russian-born artillery officer, while Jacob Smies, known chiefly as a caricaturist, was clearly employed here to give a professional polish to a gifted amateur's work.   Kennedy A18-21; Mendelssohn I, pp 17-18



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