Art Collections

The Sabinet African Archives portal currently offers an index to collections within academic institutions of South Africa. We are busy expanding this index. Sabinet also offers a hosting and digitisation solution to online collection holders to make it more discoverable to researchers globally.

Disclaimer — The collections listed on the Sabinet African Archives may include materials that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. These materials are presented as part of historical records. Inclusion of these materials does not mean endorsement of or agreement with by Sabinet on any views or terms expressed in the descriptions and/or materials. Read more …

The Art Collection


Artworks in The Brenthurst Library complement the collections of published works and manuscripts. The collection, which numbers thousands of works of historical importance, comprises original works in a variety of…

Don Africana Library


These 4 000 items now form the nucleus of the Don Africana Library but, of course, the collection has grown enormously.  There are now over 50 000 catalogued items and…

South African Portrait Gallery


This collection is a photographic collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, prints and watercolours of portraits in South Africa. These portraits are not necessarily from South Africans but rather from works…

Van Tilburg Collection


The Van Tilburg Collection is a permanent museum that comprises 17th and 18th century furniture, paintings, Delft ceramics and other works of art, and includes the largest South African collection…