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South African Academy [of Arts]

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It was Duncan McClean BURTON (of whom, sadly, not much is known) who prompted the founding of the South African Academy (of Arts) Exhibition in Johannesburg in 1919 at which annual event paintings, sculptures, ceramics and architectural models and drawings were on display to the public. John Stanislaus DONALDSON (1862-1938) was one of the principal organisers of the South African Academy annual exhibitions from 1919. George William NICOLAY (c1852-c1940) was also keenly interested in the South African Academy and his portrait, painted by AE Gyngell, was exhibited at the South African Academy Exhibition in 1921. John FASSLER (1910-1971) played an important role in the South African Academy, representing the Institute of South African Architects on the Academy committee for the annual summer exhibition. Denys LEFEBVRE (fl. 1926-1934) provides valuable contemporary comment of the emergent South African art of the 1920s and 1930s. Arthur PEARSE (????-1941) (possibly related to, but not to be confused with Geoffrey PEARSE) was secretary to the South African Academy.

Wellesley Cosby Patrick BAILEY regularly contributed paintings to the South African Academy exhibitions, the subject matter mainly Italian landscapes or townscapes.

Elwyn Leighton BLACK exhibited at the National Academy (Illustration of work published in Journal of SA Institute of Architects).

Harry CLAYTON (1864-1938) exhibited regularly at the South African Academy Exhibitions held annually at the Selborne Hall in Johannesburg.

Arthur Frank Redington COOK (fl. 1927-1972) exhibited at the South African Academy in 1928.

Bernard Stanley COOKE (1910-2011) exhibited under his name drawings of the 'House at Houghton', 'Project for a block of flats' and 'Premises John Swift' at the 1935 South African Academy exhibition.

Douglas Maurice COWIN (1911-19??) exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the South African Academy's architectural section. In 1930 two drawings by were exhibited, one of the Chelsea Power Station, London, the other of 'A house at Silver End, Sussex' (Essex). In 1932 two sketches by him were exhibited, of Florence and of Avignon.

John Norris COWIN (1907-1991?) exhibited a number of drawings in the South African Academy annual shows from 1928. Those exhibited in 1929 included several executed in America of the Telephone Building and the Seaman's Bank in New York and the Railway Station at Forest Hill on Long Island and in 1931 he exhibited a drawing of the Empire State Building, New York. In the South African Academy exhibition of 1934 he exhibited a drawing of the Christian Brothers' College in Boksburg.

Frank Lionel LAWSON (fl 1925-1969) exhibited an 'Elevation of a building' in the South African Academy Exhibition in Johannesburg (1925).

George Esselmont Gordon LEITH (1886-1965) exhibited drawings of the Johannesburg Station in the South African Academy Exhibition of 1927 under the joint names of McCUBBIN, Leith & MOERDYK.

Frederick Walter POWERS (1911-19??) in 1932 exhibited a drawing of the NBS Building in Durban at the South African Academy Exhibition.

Vivian Sydney REES-POOLE (1883-1965) frequently exhibited at the South African Academy exhibitions. Among his earliest exhibits was a drawing of the Forum at Rome, 1923 and in 1927 he exhibited a drawing for Brakpan Town Hall.

REID & MARTIN in 1936 as firm exhibited a drawing for 'Department store and flats, Kerk St, Johannesburg' at the South African Academy Exhibition (it is not certain which flats and store they described).

Harold Wolseley SPICER (1882-1964) exhibited a drawing of this at the 1923 South African Academy exhibition. In 1924 Spicer exhibited a number of drawings at the South African Academy exhibition, including those for House H Goddart in Howick and a Synagogue in Brakpan.

Charles Douglas ST LEGER (1890- 1968) was a proficient water-colourist, particularly of landscapes, his work being exhibited at the South African Academy Exhibitions in Johannesburg.

STREET-WILSON & PATON exhibited as firm photographs and drawings in the South African Academy Exhibition (1926) of St John's School Chapel, Pietermaritzburg; a drawing, perhaps that exhibited, currently hangs in the school chapel.

Alexander Alan TELFORD worked for the REID & MARTIN in 1937 and his drawings for Fatti's Building for L Fatti & Co were exhibited in 1937 with drawings for Alro Mansions, at the South African Academy exhibition of that year.

William Mitcheson TIMLIN (1892-1943) exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the South African Academy on a regular basis from the first held in 1919 until his death in 1943.

WALGATE & ELSWORTH exhibited work on a relatively regular basis at the annual South African Academy exhibitions; among such drawings were those for the Brown and Annie Lawrence Homes at Pinelands in 1928.

Ernest James WELLMAN (1864-19??) exhibited a model of the Parkview Church at the second South African Academy Exhibition in 1921.

See, amongst others:

South African Academy, Building Dec 1919:315

The eighth South African Academy, SAAR Jun 1927:38-39;

The ninth Academy, SAAR Jun 1928: 37-9;

Twelfth South African Academy, SAAR Nov 1931:13-16;

The thirteenth South African Academy, SAAR May 1932:118-20;

The South African Academy, SAAR Jun 1933:146-48,



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