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The Life and Work of Charles Bell
Charles Davidson Bell - artist, land surveyor, designer of stamps, medals and silverware - was a man of many and varied talents. His contribution to the aesthetic social and commercial life of nineteenth-century Cape Town was enormous, yet for a hundred years after his death very little was known about him. The return of much of his oeuvre from England to Cape Town in 1978 has enabled historians and art historians to appreciate much of his work, and now this publication reveals even more to the world at large.
Meticulously researched text is complemented by some 130 of Bell's most appealing sketches and paintings, many of which show his quirky sense of humour. His sensitive depictions of the heterogeneous population of Cape Town and of the indigenous peoples he encountered on the expedition to the Tropic of Capricorn are a valuable record of life in nineteenth-century South Africa.
An in-depth appraisal of Bell's diverse creations by Professor Michael Godby completes this portrayal of a remarkable man.
|List of Illustrations|
|Chapter 1:||The Immigrant|
|Chapter 2:||Towards Capricorn|
|Chapter 3:||Civil Servant|
|Chapter 5:||The Middle Years|
|Chapter 6:||Diversity in Maturity|
|Chapter 7:||A Man of Good Report|
|Chapter 8:||A Multifarious Life|
|Chapter 9:||Years of Responsibility|
|Chapter 10:||Return to Scotland|
|The Art of Charles Bell: An Appraisal by Michael Godby|
|Significant dates in Charles Bell's Life|