n De Arte - Editorial




The article section of 78 is made up of three contributions. In her article 'Colonial allegiances circa 1910: The Engelenburg-Middelberg correspondence in the Johannesburg Art Gallery', Jillian Carman explores the cultural and political dynamics between Johannesburg and Pretoria circa 1910. Her detailed examination of the letters reveals the nature of colonial allegiances at a time when the Second South African (Anglo-Boer) War of 1899 to 1902 was still fresh in the nation's psyche, the Union of South Africa was proclaimed, the first national elections were held, and a major public art collection (the Johannesburg Art Gallery) was formed. The correspondence provides insight into the informed elite who transcended racial tensions between English and Afrikaner in the interests of cultural excellence. The article also includes a translation of all the letters which were written in an early form of Afrikaans that made them largely inaccessible before now.


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