Sally de Courcy

After Emily Hobhouse 2018

after Emily Hobhouse


This work was made for an exhibition at Westbury manor that has an archive of historical objects.


From this archive  a Winchester rifle was chosen belonging to a Boer soldier Eloff who in 1900 was sent to put down the siege of Mafeking during the Boer war between the British and the Boer people.


The British ran 45 concentration camps in South Africa that were responsible for the deaths of 28,000 Boer women and children, and 20,000 Africans. Over 326,000 horses died. A British woman Emily Hobhouse bravely reported the appalling conditions to the government who tried to deny responsibility.


The rifle and related metaphorical objects, representing those who lost their lives in the camps, are transformed into trinkets within an ironic, decorative pattern in Dutch Delftware Tiles.These tiles report Emily's ugly truths. The patterns transform into a series of cartwheels, reflecting the Boers farming heritage and the Delftware tiles are emblematic of their dutch ancestry.


Media: Easiflow 100 , slate powder

talc, dye, MDF

64cm x 96cm