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PHILLIPS, Lady Florence

Born: 1863 06 14
Died: 1940 08 23


Dorothea Sarah Florence Alexandra, Lady Phillips (née Ortlepp) was a South African art patroness and promoter of the local arts. She was married to Sir Lionel Phillips, 1st Baronet, a mining magnate and politician and was known by one of her middle names, Florence.

Lady Phillips died at her home Vergelegen at the age of 77.

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Listings of Lady Florence Phillips on this website

  • She is mentioned in the notes for Crestlands as being the instigator who got MARSHALL commissioned to do the design of the house.
  • In the notes on EMLEY it states how she organized the Arts & Crafts Exhibition at Milner Park in about 1905 for which EMLEY was a judge.
  • She was central to getting the Johannesburg Art Gallery funded, donations of works made, she herself being a benefactor, and having LUTYENS appointed as architect.
  • She worked behind the scenes to get the Old Town House in Cape Town restored and have Sir Max Michaelis donate the collection which is housed there.
  • She was instrumental in having both Martin Melck House and Koopmans De Wet House bought and restored and furnished.
  • She worked behind the scenes to get SOLOMON appointed as architect to the University of Cape Town.
  • She was actively engaged in the rebuilding and refurbishing of the Vergelegen House and estate.
  • She was instrumental in the establishment of an Art School in Johannesburg.

Books citing PHILLIPS

Gutsche, Thelma. 1966. No Ordinary Woman: The life and times of Florence Phillips. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp All

Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1973. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 8 Mus-Pop. Cape Town: Nasou. pp 524