Sydney Carter, son of artist Richard Carter, was born in Enfield, England in 1874 and resided in South Africa from 1923. Mr Carter is considered a painter of portraits and landscapes, generally incorporating trees. He has been known to work in oil and gouache and is also cartoonist.
In 1924, he was elected a fellow of the Cape Town Society of Arts and Crafts and began teaching at the Witwatersrand Technical College in 1927. He also illustrated several editions of works be Charles Dickens, Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte. South African illustrations include Dorothea Fairbridge.
He participated in several group exhibitions from 1984 in London, Paris and SA along with numerous solo exhibitions throughout South Africa-
1974 Pretoria Art Museum, Commemorative exhibition
1949 Gainsborough Gallery, Johannesburg, Commemorative exhibition
His public commissions include five landscape murals in Jeppe Street Post Office, Johannesburg in 1936 and two murals in Cape Town Post Office in 1938
He is represented at the Africana Museum, Johannesburg, Albany Museum, Grahamstown, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London, Durban Art Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, National Museum Bloemfontein, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa National Gallery Cape Town, University of Pretoria and William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.
Publications by Carter which he wrote and illustrated include:
- The wonderful Adventures of Mr. Fox
- Pinkie and Pearl
- Mr and Mrs Elephant’s golden wedding
- The Walrus and the Jabaru
Sydney Carter died in Harrismith, Orange State in 1945
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