7th September 2022
Elizabeth Wolf - 'Ohan of Benin' (Queen Ohan Akenzua, Royal Wife of Oba Akenzua II), pastel with coloured chalks, signed, titled and dated 1950, 60.5cm x 45cm, within a stained wood frame. Note: Elizabeth Wolf was commissioned along with sculptor Barney Seale to produce portraits of the Oba and Ohan of Benin in 1950. Due to the time constraints of the sitting, the artist used pastel rather than her traditional medium oils. This portrait of the Ohan was exhibited at the 'Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Elizabeth Wolf' held at The Studio Club, Piccadilly, in October 1950, catalogue no. 17. The portrait can be seen in the background of a photograph of the exhibition reproduced in 'West Africa', 18th November 1950, p.107. A pencil sketch by the same hand and three press photographs relating to the sitting are included with this lot. The sculpture by Barney Seale is Lot 2600 in our sale on 8th September.
Hammer price: £550
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