The Rust en Vreugd Museum

The Rust en Vreugd Museum, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

Built in 1778, the Rust en Vreugd Museum is generally accepted to be the finest surviving example of eighteenth-century urban architecture in the country.

The delicately carved Rococo-styled fanlight above the main door is said to be the work of the German-born sculptor, Anton Anreith.

The fanlight above the main door said to be the work of Anton Anreith, The Rust en Vreugd Museum, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

This graceful home is complemented by the period-style garden which was declared a heritage site in 1940.

The Rust en Vreugd Museum Garden, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

The the art on paper – prints, drawings and watercolours - of the William Fehr Collection is exhibited here.

The collection reflects the outlook and aesthetics of a single collector, William Fehr (1892–1968) and the portion of the collection at Rust en Vreugd, was presented by William as a gift to the nation.

The artefacts including the art works date from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, the period of Dutch colonial settlement and, after 1795, the era of British occupation.

The art works in particular constitute a uniquely rich and important resource for many aspects of the history of the period.

The oil paintings, furniture and decorative arts of the collection is housed at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town’s oldest building.

The Rust en Vreugd Museum, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

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