signed and dated 1954 (lower right)
gouache and pencil on paper
59 by 44cm., 23¼ by 17¼in.
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Structure: The drawing is fixed to a white card along all edges. This piece of card is in turn taped to a white mount board on the reverse using 4 strips of tape. There are several microtears and associated very minor losses to the edges of the drawing, all of which have been adhered to the white card backing. A handful of light wrinkles to the white card backing.
Surface: A handful of very light scratches to the black background in places. For example, to the right of the sitter's head.
Summary: This work is in very good condition.
This work is framed and has been examined outside of its frame.
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Private Collection, Nigeria
The subject of this portrait, with his classic orator's pose and distinctive tribal marks, bears a strong resemblance to politician Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966). In 1954, when this lot was painted, Akintola would have been deputy leader of the Action Group party under Obafemi Awolowo; he was later Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria from 1960 until his death in the first Nigerian military coup on 15 January 1966.