In the wilderness (Cape Colony) by Arthur Elliott about 1908

In the wilderness (Cape Colony, South Africa) by Arthur Elliott about 1908

The Cape of Good Hope, also known as the Cape Colony (Dutch: Kaapkolonie), was a British colony in present-day South Africa and Namibia, named after the Cape of Good Hope.

The Cape of Good Hope remained nominally under British rule until the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, when it became the Cape of Good Hope Province, better known as the Cape Province. (from Wikipedia)

Arthur Elliott (1870, New York City – 20 November 1938, Cape Town), was a South African photographer who recorded the passing scene at the Cape. His love of Cape Dutch architecture is expressed in some 10,000 photographs of considerable artistic and historic merit, creating an unrivalled pictorial record of early 20th century buildings at the Cape.

He ended up in Cape Town as a war refugee in 1900 and took to photography which became a life passion.

Elliott seems to have been determined to record as much as he was able of the old farmhouses, buildings and streets that were rapidly disappearing with the ever-growing pressure to modernise. He had an almost infallible eye for the essential elements that made up a good architectural image.

Elliott’s photographs have proved an invaluable source of information for historians and architects. (from Wikipedia)


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