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McGregor Museum Complex
Stained glass, as seen from within entry alcove
17 Everton Rd, Belgravia, Kimberly, 8301, South Africa
Kimberley, Northern Cape, Province of, South Africa
Latitude: 28.747 S
Longitude: 24.781 E
Brick, corrugated metal, stained glass
Victorian; South African late territorial
One of Kimberley’s first “great houses,” the Duggan-Cronin Gallery feature fine detailwork and expensive finishes (like the stained glass window seen here). The effect of this vibrant stained glass is only perceptible during daylight from the interior of the alcove that shelters the main entryway. However, these are mixed with more economical materials typical of more territorial-period South African architecture, such as the metal awnings over the verandas.
Commentary: The Duggan Cronin Gallery was originally a “great house” designed for John Blades Currey. Located in the fashionable Belgravia neighborhood, Currey’s house featured stables and courts for tennis and croquet. Known in its earliest form as “The Lodge,” the architecture of the house is typical of late territorial houses in Kimberley, with metal corrugated roofing and awnings, and ornamental brick and stained glass. In 1899, ownership of the house passed to De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., and was occupied for the next several decades by De Beers secretary and director William Pickering. In 1937, De Beers endowed the house to Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin, a renowned photographer who had also worked for De Beers. The gallery of Duggan-Cronin’s photographs opened in 1938, and became part of the McGregor Museum network of museums in 1954. Today, the gallery features several period rooms showing the house as it would have appeared in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It also houses a permanent exhibition of Duggan-Cronin’s photographs and temporary exhibition space. Duggan-Cronin’s photography forms an essential ethnographic record of indigenous peoples in South Africa, at a moment when tribal traditions faced increasing pressure from industrialization, urbanization, and colonial incursions.
Information: “Welcome to the Duggan-Cronin Gallery Kimberley,” McGregor Museum and satellites informational pamphlet updated January 2017.
Photographer: Sarah Rovang
Sarah Rovang, 2018
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