The Boer War

 

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Historical Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “The Boer War”

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique

Size: A4

Status: SOLD

History is part of each of us and I have a great interest in the history of Africa which lead me to create this painting.

The Boer War was one such horrific time especially for the Boer farmers whose homesteads were burned to the ground and families placed into concentration camps under horrific conditions. Prisoners were shipped off to remote islands far from their homeland barely surviving the cruelty. These stories were passed down through generation and much of it has been forgotten about. I wanted to remind ourselves of this period of time.

This painting impression simply shows a stand against a British camp. It’s dusk and rain has fallen and an attack is launched on the British, you will see the flags of both sides, just as the last light catches the outlines of men making a stand from a kopje.

It was very difficult to create this painting and I just tried to create an impression from the Boer Farmers perspective who just wanted their freedom!

The Boer War initially began when conflict arose between the British colonizers and the Boers from the Transvaal Republic and Orange Free State. Diamonds and gold had been discovered, The British took annexation of the Transvaal and were determined to expand the British Empire. The Boer opposed British rule in the Transvaal who had settled there long before having  trekked by oxen away from the Cape to search for a new free life!

I am am not here to delve into every fact, however what I am saying here is that many people did not understand the Boer War. There was a lot of unjust cruelty to many innocent people living in on the land.

This simple painting is my own  impression and I want people to remember the resilance of the Boers who we fighting for their freedom.

There are a number of very interesting films available on the subject that you can watch to learn more, as well as visit battle sites and museums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cape Dutch Homesteads!

A Historical Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “Reflecting The Past”

Medium: French Sennelier Acrylique on Fine Italian Linen Canvas

Size:  A3

Status: Available

These gabled houses are reflective of the past when settlers immigrating to Africa brought with them their traditional Architecture.

“Cape Dutch architecture is a traditional Afrikaner architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch. The style has roots in medieval Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.” (Source: Wikkipedia)

Title: “Old Farm Homestead”

Medium: French Sennelier Acrylique on Fine Italian Linen Canvas

Size:  A3

Status: Available

 Cape Dutch buildings, many of which have been lost to modern development, however, there are still many preserved. Nestled away in a remote spot in Zimbabwe, I drew some inspiration for this painting from Enkeldoorn, now referred as Chivhu, which was a predominantly Afrikaans Settlement. Generations of  families both English and Afrikaans farmed this region along the banks of the Umnathti River.

This scene is etched in my mind. What more can I say! It just came out of my soul!

May our history never be lost!

The Great Trek – Historical Africa

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Historical Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “The Groot Trek” The Great Journey

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique on cotton canvas, framed

SIZE: A3

Status: Lost

The pioneering treks into the remotest parts of the African continent by ox wagon and horseback, historically, always inspired me to set off on my own adventure and learn a little of the experience of what it was like in those early days to travel through the bush.

The history and old stories passed down through the generations creates a nostalgia for those early days. The challenge to walk with only what you carry and survive with what is around you in the veldt.

The Great Trek is a true story of adventure when in the early days pioneers set off from the Cape of Good Hope to venture into the interior of Africa in search of a better life. This was an enormous undertaking by brave folks who wanted an individual life.

 

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Historical Impression Created By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “Forging Ahead”

Medium: Acylic on canvas

Statud: SOLD

These old stories and bravery of these extraordinary adventures that  continue to live on in our own personal families. My ancestors trekked by ox wagon and horseback across the great vastness of this incredible continent.

The painting impressions I created above are dedicated to those brave folk who went out where no one else would venture to start a new life.