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DE SMIDT, Abraham

Born: 1793
Died: 1868

Architect


Son of the first Abraham de Smidt (born 1755) (Afr N & N iv:75; v:34) and uncle of Abraham de Smidt the artist and surveyor. Was a pupil of THIBAULT and ANREITH in their short time as pioneer teachers at the Technical Institute founded by the Lodge de Goede Hoop in 1815. De Smidt was taken on as draughtsman of plans and maps in the Chief Secretary's office (LEWCOCK, 1963: 355) and later surveyor and secretary to the Land Board (n.d.). He bought Groote Schuur and Westbrooke in Cape Town and is thought to have been responsible for the design of the Westbrooke gable.

(Afr N & N v:40)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Books citing DE SMIDT

Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 355, 443