John Phalane-Joburg, Sandringham

Joburg, Sandringham

Candice Mouton-Gravity


Colbert Mashile

Still asking about Mr Wide I

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Frame None
Medium Monotype
Height 76.50 cm
Width 57.00 cm
Artist Colbert Mashile
Year 2023

Jack, the subject of this print was employed by the South African railways for nine years until his death from tuberculosis in 1890. He worked as an assistant to a double amputee, and signalman, Mr James Wide. Jack was paid twenty cents per day and half a bottle of beer each week. Jack never made a single mistake during his service to the railways. His skull can be viewed at the Albany Museum in Makhanda. Mashile comments that the story of Jack is "humorous, poignant and hard-hitting".

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