Fonds BC1523 - Laura Rautenbach Papers

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Laura Rautenbach Papers


  • 1956 - 1998 (Creation)

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7 folders

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Laura Rautenbach was a sculptor, lecturer, international hockey player, equestrian show-jumper and farmer. She studied at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town. On returning to the Free State, she initially worked as an artist at the National Museum but also developed a reputation for the private sculpting commissions she executed. After her father's death in 1956, she took over the sheep and cattle farming on the family farm Merlewood, but sculpting remained her main focus. Articles and clippings on Laura Rautenbach are contained in the collection, in folders C2 and E.

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Donated by Judge Leonora van den Heever, a friend of Laura Rautenbach's.

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The collection contains correspondence, exhibition guides and articles and newspaper clippings about Laura Rautenbach and her sculpture, documents regarding her participation in hockey, and photographs. The folders are numbered and titled as follows:
A Personal papers
A1 Certificate and funeral programme
B General correspondence, 1956-1980
C Interests and activities
C1 Abstracts on arts and crafts of India and Pakistan, and Hindu religion and customs
C2 Laura Rautenbach's exhibition guides and articles about her sculpture
C3 Participation in hockey
D Photographs
E Newspaper and magazine cuttings mainly about Laura Rautenbach, 1957, 1979-2004


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