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Collection Index:GRAY, Sophia, Sketches, 1855-1867
Collection Name:GRAY, Sophia, Sketches, 1814-1871
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AB2137 GRAY, SOPHIA, sketches, 1855-1867 
  
 Copyright 2015, Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
  
 1 sketch book and 48 leaves of sketches, 1855-1867 
  
  
 INTRODUCTION 
  
 Sophia Gray is often cited as South Africa's first woman architect. But her architectural endeavours had started much earlier in her ancestral home in England. 
 Sophia Gray was the wife of Robert Gray, who was the first Bishop of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. Having arrived in the Cape province in 1947, the couple settled in Protea, later called Bishopscourt. From there Sophy Gray undertook long and strainous trips, often on horseback, around the Cape up to KwaZulu Natal. She always carried her portfolio, sketching all the way. By 1861 she was managing 21 building projects in various parishes, with her favourite project being St Saviours in Claremont. 
 Even when her health began to deteriorate, she insisted on keeping up with her work as architect, estate manager, accountant and secretary to the Bishop. She died in 1871 and was buried in the church yard of St Saviours. 
 (Text from the article "Architectural greats: Sophy Gray", by Matthew Barac, published in the magazine "Elle Decoration", July 2005.) 
  
 The drawings in this collection were discovered at the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, and have been restored and exhibited to the public. 
  
  
 COLLECTION 
  
SKETCH BOOK, 12 x 22 cm, 1863-1867        
  
 The sketch book relates to the Cape and Natal with pencil sketches and water colours of Newhaven Knysna, Karkloof, Bushman's River, St. John's River, Cape Point, Paarl from Sand Drift, Fransche Hoek, Grey Bridge at Michell's Pass, Umgeni, Springvale and Durban Harbour and Berea, Umzinto. 
  
  
48 LEAVES OF SKETCHES, 1855-1859 
  
 The 48 loose sketches, c. 1855-1859, are in water-colour, pencil, pen and ink. Theyrelate mainly to the Cape with a few English scenes and two by her husband, Bp. Robert Gray. The sketches are listed in no particular order. Descriptions are used as inscribed on the image by the artist. 
 Also included are slides of the 20 sketches, which are stored in the Media Room. 
  
B1 Protea (now Bishopscourt)        
B2 Protea        
B3 Weltevrede M. Frey's, 1855        
B4 Knysna Forest        
B5 Distant view from Station Bains Kloof        
B6 Breede River Ferry        
B7 Fransche Hoek        
B8 Swart Vley        
B9 Bains Kloof from Paarl        
B10 Bergriver Paarl        
B11 Meirings Pass        
B12 Keiskamma Hoek        
B13 The Goukamma From the old road, 1859, 2 images        
B14 Seven weeks Poort, 2 images        
B15 Worcester, 2 images        
B16 Simonsberg & Franschhoek from Paarl        
B17 Bishop's Arch Bains Kloof        
B18 Bains Kloof        
B19 From Eerste Rivier        
B20 Descent to the Gamtoos River, 1855        
B21 Houts Bay, 1857        
B22 Gouritz River        
B23 Somerset West, 1855        
B24 Piketberg, 1859        
B25 Newhaven Church, and inscription on reverse side: St George's Church Knysna, coroneted 3 October 1855        
B26 Table Bay        
B27 Simon's Bay        
B28 Claremont Church        
B29 Amatola Basin Fort Cox        
B30 Riversdale, 1855        
B31 Zuurbraak, 1855        
B32 Dacre's Pulpit, 1855        
B33 Paarl, Marais        
B34 Genadendal, 2 images        
B35 Zurvogels        
B36 Tenby (Wales), 1858        
B37 No name, by Robert Gray        
B38 No name, by Robert Gray        
B39 No name        
B40 No name, 2 images        
B41 No name        
B42 No name        
B43 No name        
B44 No name        
B45 No name        
B46 No name        
B47 No name        
B48 No name