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Photograph of Cape Town Cathedral, 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/65

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.


  • 1976


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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

MSS 59

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.


The scene was engraved in Thomas Bowler's 'Pictorial album' (1864): see E. and F. Barlow, 'Thomas Bowler of the Cape of Good Hope' (1955), p. 86 and plate 125.


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

Finding aid date

2003-10-09 14:32:53+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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