Sun, 1st Sep 2019 9:30

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 76
Lot 76 - Ruth Prowse (South Africa 1883-1967)


Ruth Prowse (South Africa 1883-1967)
In the Malay Quarter

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed with the artist's monogram bottom right; inscribed with the artist's name and the title on a South African National Gallery label on the reverse

Sold for R62,590
Estimated at R60,000 - R90,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is fair. The colours are bright. The canvas is loose, there is minor surface dirt and small cracking in the bottom region. Recommend conservation.

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oil on canvas

Signature details: signed with the artist's monogram bottom right; inscribed with the artist's name and the title on a South African National Gallery label on the reverse


47 x 38 cm


Ruth Prowse’s painting provides perceptive insight into Cape Town life in the first half of the twentieth century. A champion for the preservation of Cape cultural heritage, Prowse used her art to capture a now bygone era in the Cape.Prowse captures the Mosque Shafee and the flat roofed, pastel coloured houses which have come to characterise the Bo-Kaap – one of the oldest surviving residential neighbourhoods in South Africa. The Mosque, established in 1859, still stands today on the slopes of Signal Hill at the corner of Chiappini and Helligar street. In the background, Lion’s Head towers over the minaret of the mosque.Earlier this year, nineteen new National Heritage sites were listed in the Bo-Kaap area. This 160-year old Mosque Shafee is amongst them.

Lisa Truter

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