Ernst Karl Erich Mayer
(1876 - 1960)
Ernst Karl Erich Mayer was active/lived in South Africa, Germany. Ernst Mayer is known for watercolor landscape and rural genre painting, sketching, book illustrations.
Biography Ernst Karl Erich Mayer
Erich Mayer (1876 - 1960)
Ernst Karl Mayer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1876. In 1894 he was awarded a bursary to study architecture at Charlottenburg Technische Hochschule in Berlin, but had to discontinue his studies due to ill health in 1896.
Mayer moved to South Africa in 1898, seeking a better climate for his health. He took up employment as Assistant Land-Surveyor in the Orange Free State, and a year later joined to Boer side in the Anglo-Boer War. During his time on commando with the Boer forces, he would often sketch portraits of farmers he encountered: "Boer figures, seen in their everyday sphere and environment, have always been of particular interest to him", writes Van der Westhuysen (1952:11). In 1900 Mayer w
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