Harry Stratford Caldecott (South African, 1886-1929) 'Visit of the Prince of Wales, Adderley Street, Cape Town'
Lot 10*
Harry Stratford Caldecott
(South African, 1886-1929)
'Visit of the Prince of Wales, Adderley Street, Cape Town'
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 63,000 - 94,000

Lot Details
Harry Stratford Caldecott (South African, 1886-1929)
'Visit of the Prince of Wales, Adderley Street, Cape Town'
bears South African National Gallery label with title (verso)
oil on canvas laid to board
32 x 39cm (12 5/8 x 15 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sotheby's South Africa, 16 October 1986, R21,000.
    A private collection.

    Exhibited
    Cape Town, Argus Gallery, Strat Caldecott, March 1944, cat no. 12.
    Cape Town, South African National Gallery, Strat Caldecott Retrospective, 1986.
    Port Elizabeth, Arts Hall, Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, December 1927 - January 1928, cat no. 145.
    Cape Town, The New Gallery, K Club, April, 1927.

    Literature
    F.L. Alexander, Art in South Africa since 1900, Cape Town, 1962, p.61, illustrated p.17.
    J. du P. Scholtz, Strat Caldecott, Cape Town, 1970, p.70, no.21.
    S. Welz, Art at Auction in South Africa, Johannesburg, 1989, illustrated p.92.

    Strat Caldecott studied in Paris from 1912 to 1924, where he was heavily influenced by the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. He returned to Cape Town in May 1924, settling within a five minute walk of the Malay Quarter. These new environs inspired Caldecott, encouraging him to experiment with different tonal effects. In the present lot, Adderly Street is bathed in a variety of hues including lemon, rose and pale green. The rendering of the old plastered walls is effectively reproduced by means of a rough, heavy impasto. The vibrant yellow pigment is softened by touches of pale pink, dull blue and ochre. The effect is both impressionistic and romantic.

    A similar work in the collection of Iziko South African National Gallery, titled St George's Street during the Visit of the Prince of Wales, was included in the 1988 exhibition Paris and South African Artists 1850-1965. The accompanying exhibition catalogue discusses that work: "The Royal Visit of 1925 is a synoptic and sunny scene of traffic and bunting, seen from an upper storey as Monet himself would have done, by an artist steeped in the traditions of French painting, though thousands of kilometres away. His use of black, albeit sparsely applied, was lively and colourful, not a dark denial of colour, which is the reason why the French Impressionists had originally banned it from their palettes" (L. Alexander et al., 1988, p. 23, cat. 90).

    On 30 April 1925, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, arrived in Cape Town aboard H.M.S. Repulse as part of an extensive tour of western and southern Africa. A contemporary account describes the festooned streets and public excitement alluded to in the present lot:

    "In an hour or so, the white fog lifted and, though it still held Table Mountain invisible, revealed the terraced houses along the seafront, the esplanade by Adderley Pier alive with expectant crowds, an aeroplane hovering above the harbour, and red-sailed little boats bringing impatient sightseers out to see what they could see...nowhere on his tour had the Prince received a more thoroughly cosmopolitan greeting...Up Adderley Street, and St. George's Street, the Prince and his entourage wound a slow course to the Grand Parade and the City Hall."


    Bibliography
    Anon., The Prince of Wales' African Book: A Pictorial Record of the Journey to West Africa, South Africa and South America, London, 1925.
    J. du P. Scholtz, 'Strat Caldecott', in Our Art 1, Pretoria, 1959, p. 68.
    J. du P. Scholtz, Strat Caldecott, Cape Town, 1970, pp.45-55.
    L. Alexander, E. Bedford & E. Cohen, Paris and South African Artists 1850-1965, Cape Town, 1988.
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