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Tribute to an artist
24 January 2007 | Story by Helen Theron
Cape Town artist, designer and former Michaelis School of Fine Art lecturer Eleanor Esmonde-White (93) has died. She joined UCT's permanent staff in 1951 and resigned in 1960. The founder of the school's design department, she has been described as "a gifted easel painter artist, authority on graphic work and skilled mural designer". Esmonde-White taught with Lippy Lipshitz, Katrina Harris and Maurice von Essche. A legacy of her work at the university also remains in the form of a mural she and her students painted in the Baxter Hall dining hall. Her etchings, lithographs and wood engravings represented South Africa in many international shows. In 1961 she left UCT to pursue her mural work full time, designing tapestries for the Artscape and Baxter theatres and the Welkom Civic Centre. Our condolences go to her family and friends.