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New on Galaxy of Images … Wonderful Watercolors

Here are some wonderful watercolors, just added to the Libraries' Galaxy of Images, from the National Museum of African Art Library. From the catalog:

Consists of 24 watercolors mounted in a "Croxley Drawing Book" album … with the hand-written identification: "Watercolour drawings by f-emale & m-ale African primary school children" … Painted drawings by Rhodesian school children … and 1 photocopy of a "Suggested press release" for a traveling exhibition of similar paintings that toured the U.S. under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 1960 through 1970. The paintings were mounted in the album sometime between 1965 and 1967. The watercolors were created by children at the Nyarutsetso Art Centre, Highfield, Salisbury (now Harare) Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the course of art classes taught by Anglican missionary and art educator, Canon Edward Paterson, and date from 1961-1967…. Found in 2008 in the Dept. of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, among files of Dr. Gordon Gibson, former African curator, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Painted drawings by Rhodesian school children in the Smithsonian Institution
, 1961-1967, Children walking along a path.

Elizabeth Periale


  1. Is this piece up on display? My wife and I are thinking about visiting this summer. We really enjoy the Smithsonian.

  2. I want to share my thanks for the very fast response I received in relation to my inquiry posted above. I think that speaks very highly of the professionalism of the staff!

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