Palm Tree Landscape

Material Information

Palm Tree Landscape
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Mazingira mtende
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Gouache and watercolour on board ( medium )
H44.7 x W58.4 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Palms ( lcsh )
Landscapes ( lcsh )
Afrika -- Uganda
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Uganda
1.25 x 32.5


Palm Tree Landscape is painted by an unknown artist and is part of a gift to SOAS of some of Margaret Trowell’s materials, including five paintings by students she trained. After moving to Uganda in 1935 with her husband, she introduced informal art classes into the curriculum at Makerere University which later expanded into the first university art school in East Africa. These paintings document her approach to teaching art whereby she encouraged students to draw on their environment and the narratives of local cultures, shaped in part by the missionary ideals of Christianity, which she saw as replacing earlier religious beliefs. In this image, palm trees are rhythmically placed against a curvilinear patterning of land and lake/sky that is enhanced by the luminous quality of the colours employed by the artist (Text by Charles Gore, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 97

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.