View of Table Mountain from Blouberg
Allerley Glossop (South African, 1870 – 1955)
MediumOil on canvas
DimensionsWork : 23 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. (60.33 x 90.81 cm)
Frame : 32 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (82.55 x 90.81 x 8.89 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection, purchased with funds donated by David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelBorn into a middle-class London family, Allerley Glossop studied painting and drawing at the Westminster School of Art and Slade School of Art. Despite her respectable social and artistic background, Glossop felt dissatisfied by her life in London so in 1900 she moved to South Africa to pursue a life of farming and painting. Glossop led an unconventional life in South Africa, often dressing in men's clothing, smoking a pipe and undertaking adventure expeditions to remote areas. Among her close friends she went by the name "Joe" instead of her female given name. Glossop painted this impressionistic landscape in 1911. It depicts Table Mountain, a distinctive flat-topped promontory that overlooks the city of Cape Town, as seen from the coastal resort town of Blouberg..