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William Etty, Classical Composition: Bacchanal, oil on panel. (c) Iziko Museums of South Africa.

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Edward Ward, Dr Johnson in Lord Chesterfield's Ante-Room in 1748, (1869) oil on canvas. (c) Iziko Museums of South Africa.

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Charles Ricketts, The Deathe of Montezuma (1927), oil on canvas.

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John Pettie, The Duke of Monmouth pleading for his life before Jammes II (1882).

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Frderec, Lord Leighton, Athlete struggling with a Python, bronze, height: 52.1cm. (c) Iziko Museums of South Africa.

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Sir Alfred Gilbert, St George, bronze, height: 46 cm (excl marble base). (c) Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Sir Edmund and Lady Davis Presentation

A gift of British Art to South Africa, part of the permanent collection at the Iziko South African National Gallery

The collection of 48 paintings, drawings and bronzes were given to the South African National Gallery by Sir Edmund and Lady Davis during the 1930s. A selection of works from the Gallery’s permanent collection by artists whose work they collected were also added to this collection. Many of the artists,’ such as Edmund Dulac (the couple had 18 works on paper and an oil painting from this artist) and Charles Ricketts, were also close friends of the Davis’s.

Other artists in the collection includes Wiliam Etty, Maurice Lambert, Robert Anning Bell, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Emma Ciardi, Frederick Cayley-Robinson, Archibald Barnes, Phillip Connard, Maurice Greffenhagen, Ambrose McEvoy, Claude Muncaster, Sir William Orchardson, James McIntosh Patrick, John Pettie, Sir Walter Russell, Edward Ward, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Alfred Stevens and Constance Rea to name a few.

The group of works represents only a small portion of their original private collection which at its height contained over 170 paintings, 100 drawings and over 30 sculptures. The majority of the collection was dispersed at auction during the war years at poor prices. 

Contact

Hayden Proud:
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3965
Email: hproud@iziko.org.za