de Villiers, Simon A. – Otto Landsberg 1803-1905: 19th Century South African Artist


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(Cape Town: Struik, 1974)

4to; original brown boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 120 incl. index; frontis. portrait; reproductions of the artist’s works in colour and monochrome: picture on recto and accompanying text on facing verso. Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn with some discreet archival tape reinforcement to reverse of edges; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; old tape marks to rear free endpaper and reverse of spine panel; trace of foxing to edges and endpapers. Very good condition. This is a fascinating study of a multi-faceted and gifted man. Born in Germany in 1803 he immigrated with his parents and brothers to South Africa in 1818 and died in the Cape in 1905. In his lifetime of more than a century he was simultaneously artist art teacher musician and successful snuff merchant. As late as 1952 an art historian wrote that none of Otto Landsberg’s paintings had been traced and had it not been for the generous bequest by his grandson Auguste d’Astre of more than 70 of his grandfather’s paintings to the Potchefstroom Museum in 1956 Otto Landsberg’s achievements as an artist might well have been forgotten. This is an attempt to put his art back into the perspective which it clearly merits. His canvases depicting early South African life scenery and personalities are of particular interest to the Africana collector and to those interested in South African art.””