Photograph of Painting of Cecil Rhodes by Mortimer Menpes

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Shelfmark(s): MS. 12522
Title: Photograph of Painting of Cecil Rhodes by Mortimer Menpes
Dates of Creation: n.d.
Extent: 1 item
Language(s) of Material: English


Mortimer Luddington Menpes was born in Australia in 1855 and moved to England in 1875, studying at the National Art Training School in London. He was influenced by James McNeill Whistler and exhibited etchings and paintings at the Royal Academy. In 1900 he travelled to South Africa as war artist for the periodical Black and White. He published several books and died in 1938.

For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Black and white photograph of a watercolour painting of Cecil Rhodes on horseback at Groote Schuur painted by Mortimer Menpes in 1900.

Related Material

The watercolour painting is at the National Library of South Africa, Cape Town.

Custodial History

The photograph was given by Cecil Rhodes' niece, Georgia, to Rhodes trustee, Marmaduke Hussey, in the 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Hussey in June 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. 12522

Access Point(s)

Menpes | Mortimer Luddington | 1855-1938 | painter

Rhodes | Cecil John | 1853-1902 | imperialist, colonial politician and mining entrepreneur

Politicians -- South Africa

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