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Historical Artist - Rosa Hope (1902 - 1972)

Rosa Hope was born in Manchester, England 1902 - 1972

Art Education
- Rosa Hope studied art at Slade School, London, under Henry Tonks, Wilson Steer and John Wheatley; General School, London

Short Artist Biography
- 1926 : Rosa Hope won the Prix de Rome; the winning work, Adoration of the Shepherds, was subsequently exhibited on the Royal Academy. She followed her formal studies with wide travels in Europe; exhibited in England and on the continent.
- 1935 : On a visit to South Africa, her former teacher, John Wheatley, then Michaelis Professor, offered Rosa Hope an appointment as lecturer in figure-drawing and etching at the Michaelis School; started the department of Engraving; member of South Afican Society of Artists.
- 1938 – 1957 : Senior lecturer in Fine Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg; during vacations traveled and painted in Drakensberg and Transkei; portrait commissions.
- 1957 : Following her retirement Rosa Hope concentrated on portraiture and landscapes in gouache; traveled widely; used Guesthouse at Mariannhill Mission as her home-port. Associate of Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, London.

Art Exhibitions
- Group and one-man art exhibitions, London; infrequently in South Africa.
- 1936 : Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg.
- 1979 : South African Printmakers, South Africa National Art Gallery, Cape Town

Public Art collections
South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; Durban Art Gallery; Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Manchester Art Gallery.


Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.

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