Close-up Koffiebus and Teebus

Bruce Backhouse
Close-up Koffiebus and Teebus
Oil on canvas
64 x 76cm
2021
Unframed

The tarred R56 runs in between these two koppies, between Steynsburg and Middelburg, at a place called Schoombee. I have ridden my bike around both koppies, and their shapes change all the time. I must have done 100 sketches, watercolours and oils of these two classic Karoo mountains. The story goes that the English farmed under the more delicate and dainty Teebus (Tea Tin), and the Boers under the bolder, more gutsy looking Koffiebus( Coffee Can). If true, there’s no guessing who named them.

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