Photograph of Cape Town Cathedral, 1976
Scope and Contents
A photograph of a watercolour depicting a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cape Town. The size of the copy, 14" x 9¾", is identical to the original painting, which was presented to the Society by Miss M. Pigot Moodie in 1939, and sold through C.J. Sawyer in December 1975. Pencilled at the bottom of the picture is 'Roman Catholic Cathedral' and 'Bowler 1888'. Frank R. Bradlow, a writer on Bowler, considered the painting to be an authentic Bowler, and that the date was a later addition.
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Biographical / Historical
Thomas William Bowler, 1812-1869, landscape painter, was born in the Vale of Aylesbury. He became assistant astronomer to Sir T. Maclear at the Cape before embarking on a career as an artist and drawing teacher. Bowler published views of South African scenery and exhibited examples of his work. He died on 25 October 1869.
1 folder(s) (1 folder) : photograph
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Other Finding Aids
MSS Addenda, vol. III; Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 122.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by C.J. Sawyer, 1976.
This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thomas Bowler in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. II (London, 1908), p. 975.
Bowler, Thomas William, 1812-1869, landscape painter
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