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FINDLAY, Richard (Dick)

Born: 1928
Died: 1999 03 28


(BArch 1949 (Witwatersrand)

Richard (Dick) Findlay studied for the degree of Bachelor of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1949 - together with fellow final year student Paul VOUTSAS - presented their joint thesis ’A Pretoria City Block’.

Findlay subsequently prepared many fine watercolour architectural perspectives for Voutsas, but later became better known as an artist, primarily for his ornithological paintings but also for his illustrations of birds and plants which were used on South African postage stamps and several coins issued by the South African mint.

His watercolour illustrations were published in several reference works on birds, plants and mammals of South Africa. He also illustrated a reprint of The Soul of the Ape and The Soul of the White Ant - both by Eugène Marais. Findlay was also responsible for a mural at Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg.

(William Martinson)