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George Pilkington

Full name: George William Pilkington
Gender: Male
Born: 1879 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Died: 1958 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Art Competitions


South African painter George Pilkington was mainly self-taught, instructed by James Ford, a well-known Cape Town art-teacher of the 1890s. In 1905 he was elected a lay member of South African Society of Artists, as painting was only a hobby to him at that time. He became a civil servant, serving as private secretary to Henry Burton, who was variously South African Minister of Finance and Minister of Railways and Harbours. Pilkington was also a very keen yachtsman and trout fisherman. In 1924 he began a full-time painting career, devoting himself almost exclusively to marine subjects. His paintings caused a sensation when shown for the first time in Johannesburg. He later also produced two commissioned murals – Disembarkation at Cape Town, 19th Century, and Embarking at Cape Town, 20th Century – for the Cape Town Post Office. Occasionally he also produced cartoons and caricatures.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer London Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event South Africa RSA AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1948 Summer London Art Competitions South Africa Final Standings AC Yacht Racing
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