Fonds A3344 - Chancellor House Painting

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Chancellor House Painting


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It was Norman Sher, the owner of the artwork and father of the artist Eric Sher, who initiated the painting of Chancellor House after re-visiting the building in 2008. He worked for attorneys Gershon and Jack Berman during the early 1950s. Their offices were situated one floor below the offices of Mandela and Tambo, where he made their personal acquaintance.

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The painting, done by graphic artist Eric Sher, was donated to the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012 and is in the official custody of Historical Papers, displayed in the building of the Wits Law School. Included in this collection is a printed copy of the painting, postcard and background information, as well as the catalogue of the 'mandela@94_z_a' Exhibition at the Wits Origins Centre.

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Material submitted together with the original artwork of Chancellor House, the offices of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, the first black legal practice in Johannesburg.

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Copyright Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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