The Biography of C.G. Finch-Davies, 1875-1920 Hard Cover (7/10) AR1
The biography of Claude Gibney Finch-Davies – 1875 – 1920 Observer, student and highly skilled painter and illustrator of Southern African Birds.
Finch-Davies came to South Africa in his teens and remained here as a soldier, until his ironic and tragic death at the age of 45.
Most of his time was spent in the Eastern Cape colony and later in the Northern South West African Protectorate.
Throughout this period his consuming hobby was the study of the indigenous birds, many of which he illustrated in meticulous and accurate paintings.
His interests and ability led him to work with museums and the leading students of birds at that time.
In pursuit of his hobby he visited a variety of localities collecting specimens these localities included Flagstaff, King Williams Town, St Marks, Lusikisiki, Intafoof, Harding, Siberia, Dordreht, Port St Johns, N-Tabanchu, Bizana, Emkata, Aliwal North, Jamestown, Montu and Matatiele. On Ox wagon he visited the Tugela Mountains, Umzinvumba, Umzinvubu, Umzinkaba, Umzazi and Xura rivers.
Many of his books on his paintings are highly sought after by many collectors.
Author : Claude Gibney Finch-Davies
Publisher : Galvin and Sales – Cape Town
Text : A C Kemp – Transvaal Museum Pretoria
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