In the footsteps of Robert Gordon

Yesterday we went to visit the Good Hope exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In this display of 400 years of history between the Netherlands and South Africa especially the work of Robert Jacob Gordon stood out. Gordon travelled to and in South Africa from 1773 – 1795 doing work as a an explorer, artist and soldier. His drawing work focusses mostly on the Western and Northern Cape regions.

The Rijksmuseum created an online archive of his drawing and writings which is amazing. 455 drawings and maps in the Rijksmuseum’s collection and 930 manuscript pages in the Brenthurst Library as well as a series of letters can be consulted online via this link. In November 2017 we will undertake a research trip following the footsteps of Gordon into the Cederberg and beyond.