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NIGEL HUGHES BOOK (article first published : 2002-06-10)

Adams Campus Bookshop and IKE's Books and Collectables recently launched The Paintings of the Bay of Natal by Nigel Hughes which features a foreword by Gillian Scott-Berning, formerly of the Durban Local History Museum.

In this book Nigel Hughes combines his interest in the art of early Natal with that of Durban Bay resulting in a selection of images covering an era that is long gone. More than 70 magnificent full-colour plates (beginning with a chart from 1856 and ending with a painting from 1982), with brief explanatory texts, provide a unique review of the development of the Bay of Natal over a century and a half. This is achieved through the eyes of a variety of accomplished artists - some not as celebrated as others, but including the well-known Thomas Baines, Thomas Bowler, Gwelo Goodman, Cathcart Methven, Clement Seneque and Maud Summer.

Some of the titles of the paintings are Durban from Mrs. Currie's Residence - Berea 1873, Maydon Wharf from Albert Park 1915, Congella Flats Durban Bay 1910 and Troops Boarding Troopship Ile de France Durban Harbour 1941.

Nigel Hughes has spent some years assembling this rich collection of artworks. In publishing them he shares his passion for painting and sailing, his interest in the Bay and the sea and his knowledge of ships and shipping. He is an active yachtsman and member of the Point Yacht Club and the Royal Natal Yacht Club. Over the past years Nigel Hughes has developed an intimate knowledge of Durban Harbour, its history and shipping activities. He is also an avid collector of Southern African antiquarian charts and books, particularly those maritime in nature, and in this way combines a keen enthusiasm for art and historical research.

The Deluxe edition is available at R2,995 with the Standard edition being priced at R595. IKE's Bookshop, formerly run by the late much-loved Joseph Mayet, is situated at 48a Florida Road. Phone 031 303-9214.




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