Frederick Timpson I'Ons
Frederick Timpson I'Ons was born in 1802 in Islington, Middlesex, England and died in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1887. Before coming to South Africa in 1834 as a volunteer in the Sixth Frontier War, I'Ons owned an art school in Marylebone in London where he taught drawing, painting, handwriting and commercial subjects. Much of his original work dates in the first years of the 1830s and 1840s before he started painting souvenier portraits of Africans and local landscapes. He gave us a good insight into life in the Eastern Cape in the 19th Century. After 1850 he taught art privately in Grahamstown and travelled extensively in the Eastern Cape Province.
Exhibitions of his work have been held at the Tate Gallery, London in 1948, the SA National Gallery in Cape Town in 1976 and a retrospective exhibition at King George VI Gallery in 1990 in Port Elizabeth. He is represented in private and corporate collections, Africana Museum, Albany Museum, Fort Beaufort Historical Museum, King George VI Art Gallery, SA National Gallery, University of Stellenbosch, William Fehr Collection, William Humphreys Art Gallery, 1820 Settlers Memorial Museum
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