14"x 22 1/2"
I completed this watercolour of Kolmanskop, a few kilometres outside Luderitz in the desert of Namibia, many years ago before I began painting wildlife and it has always been one of my favourites. Kolmanskop is an old ghost town that boomed in the late 1920's when diamonds were found. It grew to considerable size when miners appeared and they had a hospital, power station, school, a ballroom and even a skittle alley, casino and theatre. By the mid 1930's the diamond field was running out and the inhabitants began moving elsewhere. The sand steadily reclaimed the town which now lies half buried, but it still attracts visitors from nearby Luderitz.