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[Dixon (Leng)]

LENG DIXON (De luxe edition signed by the artist)

Published: Maskew Miller Limited, Cape Town, [1952]

Edition: Limited edition

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With an introduction by Ruth Prowse

Limited edition: Unpaginated: frontispiece portrait, 4 pages of letterpress, numerous black and white illustrations, 9 full page colour plates, red cloth boards with gilt title – his signature - on the upper cover, a very good copy.

The limitation reads: This is no.64 of the de luxe edition of 250 copies each signed by the artist.

Leng Dixon was born in 1916 in Cape Town. He joined the New Group after his return from the Camberwell School of Art in London from 1937 to 1938 and a period in Paris in 1939. He subsequently became its Vice-President. Despite the hostilities between the latter and SASA, there is evidence that he opted to show on two SASA exhibitions in 1946 and 1948. His keen observation, translated into elemental, yet animated line combined with washes of watercolour and infillings of gouache, have seen him defined as "primarily an illustrator" (Berman 1983:115).

Even though his reputation was such, he was considered important enough to be included on the large exhibition of South African art held at London's Tate Gallery in 1948. His work appeared in many publications and he held many solo exhibitions This view of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town typifies his picturesque renderings of this area and what Berman calls his "light-hearted cameos of local colour" (1938:115). He died in Cape Town in 1968.

  • Overall Condition: A very good copy
  • Size: 8vo (260 x190mm)
  • Name: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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