History Art & Culture
African Basketry: Grassroots Art from Southern Africa
Basketry is both art and craft - representing the finest blend of indigenous culture, environment and technology. Technical skill, knowledge of materials and creativity combine to produce forms that are simultaneously practical and graceful, of utiltliy and beauty.
Art & Aspirations: The Randlords of South Africa
As a study of collecting art a hundred years ago, this book affirms the importance of art collections today and the ongoing value of art itself.
In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the discovery of diamonds and subsequently gold in South Africa was a momentous event in the history of the British Empire, and one that led to certain entrepreneurs Alfred Beit, Julius Wernher, Lionel Phillips, Max Michaelis and J.B. Robinson, among others, amassing enormous wealth. They were known as 'Randlords', and what they did with their wealth and how they used it to try and win acceptance into the higher realms of British society is the subject of this book, with specific reference to their acquisition of famous artworks. The text is based on meticulous and highly lauded research, and examines an aspect of cultural and social history pertaining to both South Africa and England that has rarely been considered. A wealth of photographs, depict not only the artworks under discussion, but also the Randlords themselves and the surroundings they occupied.
Cape Dutch Houses and other Old Favourites (Hardcover)
An integral part of the renowned beauty of South Africa's southwestern Cape are the Cape Dutch houses that date back two or three hundred years. This book is a fully illustrated and easily accessible guide to almost 150 important historical houses of the southwestern Cape. Authoritative and up-to-date, it is the only such guide currently in print.
The Life and Work of Charles Bell
The achievements of a man of many talents: Charles Bell's 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. His paintings and sketches - many published for the first time - reveal a quirky sense of humour, but this was a man who took seriously his career in the Civil Service and his post as Surveyor-General at the Cape.
The Life and Work of Charles Michell
A companion volume to The Life and Work of Thomas Baines and The Life and Work of Charles Bell.
Charles Michell Soldier, Road-Engineer, Land-Surveyor, Architect and Artist.
In this detailed and meticulously researched account of the life and work of Charles Michell, the first surveyor-general and civil engineer of the South African Cape Colony, author Gordon Richings examines in depth, the many interests and achievements of the man, as well as the essence of the time in which he lived, by referring to unpublished personal diaries, sketchbooks and letters that are in the possession of Michells descendants in England. It is a beautifully produced work that pays tribute to a multi-talented man whose contribution and talents have been largely overlooked, and possibly overshadowed, by his more flamboyant and better-known contemporaries.
Nomfanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu
Gladys 'Nomfanekiso' Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) is one of the foremost exponents of Expressionism in South Africa. As a school teacher, she taught by day and, at night, she painted by the flickering light of a paraffin lamp in her 'township' house in Cape Town, South Africa. She incorporated into her art the indigenous character and essence of Africa - the legends and folklore, as well as some of the mysticism characteristic of African rituals and customs. In this book, an overview of Mgudlandlu's work, art historian Elza Miles traces the development of this singular artist - from her early, meticulously detailed works, evoking the textural richness of embroideries and tapestries, of landscapes painted from memory and imagination, depicting idyllic rural lifestyles, and large mystical bird forms, to her later works depicting urban scenes and simplification of shapes, enlivened with broad sweeping brushstrokes of colour.
A title in the Fernwood Art and Artists series.
Groote Schuur: Great Granary to Stately Home
This beautiful book presents a rare opportunity to glimpse at the splendour of South Africa's premier historical home. The ultimate 'gentlemen's residence', Groote Schuur was created by Herbert Baker for Cecil John Rhodes. More than a century later, its treasure-filled rooms still bear the stamp of Rhodes's personality. From the first European settlement at the Cape to the watershed meeting that marked the end of apartheid, the story of Groote Schuur parallels the history of South Africa.
Mailships of the Union-Castle Line
This classic book offers a nostalgic look at an era of magnificent ships and leisurely travel. It is richly illustrated throughout with evocative memorabilia and photographs, many of which have never before been published. Each chapter features a painting of a mailship by the internationally acclaimed marine artist, Peter Bilas.
South East African Beadwork
Demonstrating the astonishing artistry of African beadworkers, this seminal work re-affirms beadwork as an art from and will be a point of reference to collectors and art historians for years to come. The increasing availability of beads in the nineteenth century allowed African women to develop their creativity, and in these pages can be seen outstanding examples of their art.
Wines of South Africa: Exploring the Cape Winelands
The magnificent photographs of landscapes, vineyards, wine cellars and winemakers, and the informative text of this comprehensive book, provides a broad overview of winemaking in South Africa. Capturing the spirit and tradition of the country's winemaking industry, the book is both a visually striking photographic portfolio of the Cape's winelands and a tribute to South Africa's winemakers and the fine wines that so many of them are producing today.