John Henry Amshewitz

John Henry Amshewitz  (b Ramsgate U.K  1882- d 1942 South Africa)

Studied in London at the Birbeck institute. He won a scholar to study at the Royal Acadmey. He studied and won may awards under the guidance of John Singer Sargeant, and was elected to the RBA in 1914.

He was considered a South African artist, even though he only lived in SA from 1916 to 1922, and again from 1936 until his death in 1942.

In 1917, he replaced Denis Santry (qv.) as cartoonist for The Rand Daily Mail and The Sunday Times in Johannesburg. Disliking this job, he sought refuge in the creation of allegorical and fantasy paintings with a strongly theatrical effect. His range as an artist was exceptional, and included still life, fantasies, portraits, etching, illustration and large-scale murals. He was a founder of the JSC, and elected a member of SASA in 1917, a year after his arrival in SA.
His work is held in the following public Collections:
South Africa National Art Gallery, Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Durban Art Gallery; Pretoria Art Museum; William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley; King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth; Africana Museum, Johannesburg; Albany Museum, Grahamstown; ‘Libertas’; Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London.
Metropolitan Museum, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.