Fonds BC973 - Mary Maytham Kidd Collection

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ZA UCT BC973

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Mary Maytham Kidd Collection

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  • 1929-1988 (Creation)

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Name of creator

(1914-2001)

Biographical history

Kidd wrote and illustrated "Wild Flowers of the Cape Peninsula" (Cape Town 1950 - foreword by J C Smuts), two books on South African poisonous and edible fungi by Edith L. Stephens (Longmans, Cape Town 1953) and illustrated a series of booklets on protected wild flowers for the Cape Province Nature Conservation Department. Her 1950 work, "Wild Flowers of the Cape Peninsula", was recently republished as "Wild flowers of the Table Mountain National Park", by the Botanical Society of South Africa. She also created designs for porcelain, Christmas cards and calendars. The University of Cape Town archives acquired her sketchbooks, diaries and other documents after her death. They show that she undertook a 1936 canoe trip down the Danube and visited Nyasaland and the Zomba Plateau in 1943. Much later in 1973/74, she spent some time in Suffolk.
She married Hubert John Kidd, headmaster of the Diocesan College or Bishops in Rondebosch, on 28 May 1948. She died in April 2001 in Cape Town. (Wikipedia)

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The Collection comprises personal papers, general memorabilia, diaries, travel notes, designs, sketchbooks and some publications by other artists. Also information regarding Mrs Kidd's book ‘Wild flowers of the Cape Peninsula’. Included is a scrapbook containing original botanical watercolours by Ethel May Dixie.

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  • English

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2013

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  • English

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