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Letters from Johannes Meintjes to Dr Michael Tonkin

Item date(s): March 1950 to Dec 1953

Johannes Meintjes
Michael Tonkin

Pages: 62 letters
Size: Box = 200 x 180 x 100mm
Edition: Unique

Place publication: ( Grootzeekoegat, Molteno, Eastern Cape, RSA)
Publisher: Collection of manuscript letters

Additional notes:
Housed in a burgundy drop-back box with MEINTJES inset on the lid.

Many letter are in their original envelopes. One letter is illustrated by the artist.

Including the oil painting 'Blonde Seuntjie'. See item CMD1887 in Art.


Illustrated: Meintjes - Lyrical Work, Anreith Press, Cape Town, 1948, page 39.

Illustrated: South African Art Times, August 2015. Section: South African Business Times, inside cover. On the occasion of the Stephan Welz & Co auction in Johannesburg on 4 & 5 August, 2015.

Provenance: Katinka Kempff, Pretoria art historian who owned the painting from 1947 to 2013 (65 years).

The work was sold together with 62 letters written by Meintjes to friend Dr Michael 'Mockey' Tonkin dating from March 1950 to December 1953. See catalogue entry SA/1824.

Label on reverse of board:

See also Warren Siebrits & The Art of Collecting. Johannes Meintjes | October 2015. Johannes Meintjes - the gaze of the artist and the art of writing a love letter. 21pp. (Additional Material)

See also: The Best of the Radio Doctor by Dr. Michael Tonkin. Howart Timmins, Cape Town, 1975. Item SA/2105.

Exhibition notes:
Pretoria Art Museum. Artist: Joh Meinties [sic, Meintjes]. Title: Seuntjie. Exhibition: Bienae. On loan: M.C. 7 K. Kempff, Pta. 1947.

See also GB/31633. Interior, Grootzeekoegat, Oil on canvas.

Ref: SA/1824

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