Whirlwindon the Base Line in Zwartland, March 2nd. 1841.
Pen and ink and grey wash, unique, sheet 115 x 170mm. 4½ x 6¾". Lacking some margin. Glue stains to extremities.
A surveying expedition is interrupted by bad weather in the Swartland, an area north of Cape Town, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It lies between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Members of the expedition rush to secure their tents against a fierce wind; a piece of surveyor's equipment can be glimpsed inside the large tent in the left foreground. An intriguing sketch, probably from a travel journal. The Dutch founder of Cape Town Jan van Riebeeck called this softly undulating country between the mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the Black Land) because of the endemic Renosterbos (Elytropappus rhinocerotis, or "Rhinoceros Bush"), a species of flowering plants in the daisy family.
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