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Hermann, W, fl 1840-1898, photographer

Gender: Unknown
Active Dates: circa 1840 - circa 1898
Active Area: Africa (continent)
South Africa (nation)
Western Cape, Province of the (province)
Cape Town (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: None found.
Related Entries: None found.
W. Hermann was a commercial photographer in Cape Town. Possibly 'W. Hermann' is Wilhelm Hermann who was born in 1841 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Wilhelm Hermann trained as an artist. He arrived in Cape Town circa 1869. Circa 1871-72 he returned briefly to Germany, but he returned to the Cape in 1875. He married Chrissie de Villiers and eventually had three daughters. Struggling to make a living as an artist, he turned to photography (W. de L. 1963, pp.188-192). Hermann had a studio at 2 Roeland Street 1880-84 and opposite Government House at Stalplein 1888-94 (Bensusan 1963, p.237). Hermann died in 1916 (W. de L. 1963, p.189).
Sources: Bensusan, A.D. (1963), '19th century photographers in South Africa'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 6, pp.219-252.
W., L. de (1963), 'Wilhelm Hermann: artist'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 5, pp.188-192.

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