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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    Pieter Willem Frederik Wenning (1873-1921)

    Cottages at Claremont

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Pieter Willem Frederik Wenning (1873-1921)
    Cottages at Claremont
    signed 'P Wenning' (lower right)
    oil on canvas laid down on board
    11 x 15in. (27.9 x 38.2cm.)


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    A native of The Hague and the son of an art teacher in Leeuwarden, Wenning was sent out to South Africa in 1905 by his employer, a bookseller in Amsterdam, Wenning only began painting seriously in 1916-17, after D.C. Boonzaier spotted his work and raised enough funds to take him away from his clerk's job in a Pretoria bookshop and support a full-time career. He moved down to the Cape in the winter of 1916, renting a studio in Newlands near his friend Boonzaier. He spent the rest of his life painting, primarily in the Cape, until his untimely death just six years later.

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    Provenance

    R.P. Gain, Cape Town, and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    The provenance in the printed catalogue should read:
    R. P. Gain, Cape Town, and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN ART (Lots 86-102)


    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Exhibited

    Cape Town, South African National Gallery, Pieter Wenning Commemorative Exhibition [1967] (according to a detached label which accompanies the lot).