Imagine yourself in the Stellenbosch of 200 or 100 years ago… Thanks to artists we have a good idea of what Stellenbosch looked like before photography was common – its architecture, its social life and the development of its infrastructure.
These images are taken from books, but most of the original paintings are in the Cape archive. As an artist myself I would love to see them in real life. For now, here is a small selection of art from Stellenbosch’s art treasury:
Pencil drawing by C. Neethling, Feb 1918.
Perhaps drawn on commission for the 1918 Gedenkboek van het Victoria College in which it appears.
The Kruithuis seen from Mark Street. 1867. Watercolour by Thomas W. Bowler (original in colour).
The ‘wasbalie‘ (washing basin) bottom left might suggest that some washing was done here.
Depiction of Stellenbosch, 1776. Watercolour by Johannes Schumacher.
Part of a drawing of Stellenbosch by E. V. Stade, 15 Feb 1710 (drawn just a few months before the devastating fire).
Watercolour depicting Stellenbosch mountains (with Simonsberg) at the far left. Johannes Schumacher, 1776.
Ink drawing of the Eerste waterval in Jonkershoek, Charles D’Oyly, 18 Oktober 1832.
This must have been a wet winter season. Bottom left is a small figure, indicating scale.
To read more about Stellenbosch’s mountains, click here…
To find out where the name Jonkershoek comes from, click here…