Dixon, Leng (1916 – 1968)
Leng Dixon was born in Cape Town in 1916, where he also passed away in 1968. He was primarily an illustrator,
one whose sharp eye observed the telling detail and whose lively draughtsmanship captured the animation of the
scenes which he recorded. While he worked in Europe, Dixon’s approach was more subtle and interpretive. In his
hometown he was captivated by the gaiety and humour of the Cape Malays and he translated these into light-
hearted cameos of local colour. His sketches were very much in demand for brochures and booklets dealing with
the Cape and its attractions.
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