View 1 of Lot 15. BEN ENWONWU | THE ORATOR.
View 1 of Lot 15. BEN ENWONWU | THE ORATOR.
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BEN ENWONWU | THE ORATOR

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

BEN ENWONWU | THE ORATOR

BEN ENWONWU | THE ORATOR

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

BEN ENWONWU

Nigerian

1921-1994

THE ORATOR


signed and dated 1954 (lower right)

gouache and pencil on paper

59 by 44cm., 23¼ by 17¼in.


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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.