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Jeffery Douglas "Jeff" Huntly was a Zimbabwean and South African artist, author, and naturalist. Among his most notable works include his Veld Sketchbook, various postage stamps of Ciskei and Zimbabwe, and the first series of Zimbabwean coins.
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Huntly was born to Norman Hugh Goldhawk Huntly and his wife, Myrtle, in Bindura, Southern Rhodesia, in 1931. After graduating from Prince Edward School in Salisbury (now Harare), he worked as a prospector for a few years. Growing up, Huntly developed an appreciation for nature from his father, and would eventually begin expressing his admiration through art and writing. He became a professional artist in the 1960s, exhibiting artwork in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and South Africa during the 1960s through to 2000.
The first volume of Huntly's 'Veld Sketchbook', a collection of art and writings, was first published in 1974. Veld Sketchbook 2 was published in 1976 and Africa Wildlife Sketches (Ashanti Publishers) was published in 1990. His final book, Veld Sketchbook, wildlife portraits and essays was published in 2008.
In 1980, Huntly designed the first series of coins for the newly independent Zimbabwe.
Jeff Huntly also designed stamps: the third definitive issue of postage stamps for the then Rhodesia in 1974 and in the mid 1980s he was commissioned to design stamps for the Ciskei and Transkei. As an author he wrote and illustrated weekly nature columns for The Witness, a South African newspaper based in Pietermaritzburg, from 1983 until 2006, when he moved to Cape Town.
With his wife Margaret, Huntly had one daughter, Philippa Huntly.