Sixty original watercolours (280 x 380 mm) with detailed captions.
Barbara Tyrrell watercolours
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- ReferenceGB 115 RCS/RCMS 211
- Dates of Creation1946-1949
- Language of MaterialEnglish .
- Physical Description1 archive box(es) 1 box art work
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Administrative / Biographical History
Barbara Eleanor Harcourt Tyrrell was born in 1912 in Durban and grew up in Zululand. Her father was an assistant magistrate and later interpreter in the Department of Native Affairs. Tyrrell trained as an artist at the University of Natal during the 1930's and worked for a time in London on fashion drawing. She returned to South Africa and settled in Richmond. Her interest in the rich and diverse dress and adornments worn by the peoples of southern Africa inspired her to document them at a time of increasing modernisation and westernisation. Tyrrell embarked upon her first field trip in 1934, and by the 1960s, had recorded the costume and customs of virtually all of southern Africa's peoples.
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Presented by Dr Killie Campbell and Mrs Gladys Hepburn in 1950.
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Tyrrell, Barbara, 1912-2015, artist