Anton van Wouw

Known as the father of South African sculpture, Anton van Wouw was born in 1862 in Driebergen, close to Utrecht. After some initial basic training in sculpture, he worked for a plastering company and later in a concrete casting factory, both of which taught him important skills for his career as a sculptor.
His architect/artist friend Vieillevoye taught him to appreciate architectural styles and to draw accurately; vital skills which served him well since his move to Pretoria in 1890 and over his lifetime when he created numerous bronze sculptures for important buildings and people.

Selected works:
Paul Kruger, Boer-warriors

The Villa Museum (UP Art Collection), Church Square

Anton van Wouw (1862-1945). Pretoria: University of Pretoria. (accessed 31 January 2014).