DE MEILLON'S LEGACY, art, science and war

: Cabri (L.) & James (R.)

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227pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Hermanus, 2020

 

English-born South African painter Henry Clifford De Meillon (1800-1859) is known for his watercolour images of Cape Town. He also painted Cape wild flowers and the Eastern Cape frontier. He arrived at the Cape in 1823 after contracting malaria in Mozambique while serving as second master aboard HMS Leven. He left the Cape in 1832 and is believed to have died in Port Elizabeth during the 1859 smallpox epidemic. The book includes short chapters on some of his descendants.