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Kruger on the Station

  7 September 2013     Archived

According to tradition this is a representation of the old President as he witnessed the departure of the first Boer commandos from Pretoria station to the front in Natal. ...

Anton van Wouw - Kruger on the Station

In the best Massa castings of this small sculpture it is again the fine detail which impresses the beholder: the texture and neat row of buttons on the waistcoat, the pocket watch and chain, the coat buttons on the back of his frock coat and the finish of the face, especially the bags beneath the eyes of the President, the sparse beard, the crooked pipe in the mouth and his well-shaped ears. The light brown patina of the Massa castings heightens Van Wouw’s use of light effects to emphasise certain forms.

There are relatively few castings of this small sculpture and Van Wouw seems to have made them with the approaching Voortrekker centennial in 1938 in view. Duffey gives the date of sculpture as 1937, citing Dr MJ Cohen’s book on the sculptor published in 1938 in which he describes Van Wouw at work on this sculpture. 

Text by Emma Bedford

Anton van Wouw
Kruger on the Station
inscribed 'S.J.P. KRUGER', and bears the foundry mark: G. MASSA. ROMA
bronze with a dark brown patina, mounted on a wooden base
height: 32,5cm, excluding wooden base, 3,5cm high
R 220,000 - 300,000

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