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The Ven. Charles Theophilus Hahn, a hitherto unknown Edwardian botanical illustrator in Natal, 1908—1916

J. P. Rourke, J. C. Manning
Bothalia | Vol 22, No 1 | a831 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v22i1.831 | © 1992 J. P. Rourke, J. C. Manning | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 October 1992 | Published: 14 October 1992

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J. P. Rourke, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
J. C. Manning, National Botanical Institute, South Africa

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A brief biographical sketch is given of the Rev. C.T. Hahn, an English-born, Oxford-educated Anglican missionary in Zululand who painted some 235 watercolours of Natal flora between 1908 and 1913. Hahn (who later changed his name to Headley) was one of the most productive of the early botanical illustrators in Natal but as a collection of his paintings has only recently been discovered, his work has until hitherto remained unknown.


botanical art; C.T. Hahn; early 20th century; Natal flora


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