George French Angas (1822-1886)

George French Angas was an explorer, born in England in 1822. His family founded a new colony in South Australia, while Angas was sent to business school in London. But he had a remarkable talent in drawing and painting. He rather turned to the arts and studied anatomical drawing and natural history. He was fascinated with the relatively young method of printing: Lithography, and achieved mastery in this field. Before he was twenty years of age he traveled in Europe and published, in 1842, his first book "Rambles in Malta and Sicily". The success of this book assured him of being on the right path. He then went to Australia to join his family and began, as one of the first artists, to paint the South of this hitherto almost unknown continent. Angas kept traveling and published three extremely important books:

"South Australia illustrated" - "The New Zealanders illustrated" and "The Kafirs illustrated in a series of drawings taken among the Amazulu, Amaponda and Amakosa tribes", a very important book with large plates showing warriors and other individuals and tribal groups of people and their habits, villages, landscapes, including views of Cape Town and Durban (small as it was then). The book had a small edition and has to be considered rare!

"The Kafirs Illustrated in a series of drawings taken among the Amazulu, Amaponda and Amakosa Tribes also portraits of the Hottentot, Malay, Fingo, and other Races inhabiting Southern Africa together with Sketches of Landscape Scenery in the Zulu Country, Natal and the Cape Colony".

London, 1849

Except for plate i, which is titled, the other here offered lithographs are not titled.

Titles are from "List of Illustrations" and from text pages where available.

Sheet size unless otherwise noted: 54.3 x 35 cm (ca. 21.3 x 13.8")


Cape Town

George French Angas

"Cape Town, from the Camps Bay Road"

Hand-colored lithograph by Jonathan Needham (active second half of 19th century).

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Published in:

"The Kafirs Illustrated in a Series of Drawings - The Amazulu, The Amaponda, ad Amakosa Trbes also Portraits of the Hottentot, Malay, Fingo, and other Races Inhabiting Southern Africa"

By George French Angas. London, 1849

Finely hand-colored general view of Cape Town, South Africa.

Very good condition.

$ 2500.00

Order Nr.ANGAS249448


Port Natal

Plate XXVIII -

"D'Urban, Port Natal from the Berea" - Durban

The beginning of growth of this city

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: Jonathan Neerdham

Publisher: J. Hogarth London

Printer: Hanhart London

Clean. Some minor traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 24,8 x 35,2 cm (ca. 9.8 x 13.9")

$ 2200,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249836


Kafir Kraal

Plate XXVII -

"Kafir Kraal, near the Umlazi River, Natal"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: not named

Clean. Some minor traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 25 x 34,4 cm (ca. 9.8 x 13.5")

$ 2200,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249837


Inanda Kraal

Plate XXV -

"Inanda Kraal, Natal"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: Jonathan Needham

Printed by: Charles Lovell

Clean. Some minor traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 24,7 x 34,8 cm (ca. 9.7 x 13.7")

$ 2200,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249838


Zulu Kraal

Plate XXI -

"Scene in a Zulu Kraal, with huts and screens"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: not named

Clean. Some minor traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 24,5 x 34,7 cm (ca. 9.6 x 13.7")

$ 1800,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249839


King Panda's Army

Plate XX -

"Soldiers of King Panda's Army"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: not named

Image very clean. Some traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 43,4 x 33,3 cm (ca. 15.4 x 11.6")

$ 2200,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249840


Mathlapi Hunting Dance

Plate XIV

"Mathlapi's Hunting Dance, in the Zulu Country"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: not named

Clean. Some minor traces of age and use in margins

Image size 25,2 x 35 cm (ca. 9.9 x 13.9")

$ 1800,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249841


Utimuni, nephew of Chaka

Plate XIII -

"Utimuni, nephew of Chaka, the late Zulu King"

Toned lithograph and hand-colored, heightened with gum arabic

After the drawing by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Lithographer: not named

Hardly any traces of age and use in margins.

Image size 39 x 29,5 cm (ca. 15.4 x 11.6")

Including margin:

$ 1800,00

Order Nr. ANGAS249842


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