Ahamadu Varfee Sirleaf (Liberian, 1904-1971) 'Entrance to Town Dougomai'

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Lot 16*
Ahamadu Varfee Sirleaf
(Liberian, 1904-1971)
'Entrance to Town Dougomai'

Sold for £ 3,125 (US$ 3,913) inc. premium

Africa Now

21 May 2014, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Ahamadu Varfee Sirleaf (Liberian, 1904-1971)
'Entrance to Town Dougomai'
signed 'Ahamadu V. Sirleaf' (lower right); bears exhibition label with title (verso)
oil on canvas
64 x 107.5cm (25 3/16 x 42 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    The collection of William Tubman, President of Liberia (1895-1971)
    The IBM corporate collection
    Charles Goldsmith, New York

    EXHIBITED
    Venice, Biennale 1960

    Colonel Sirleaf studied at art school in the Netherlands from 1919 to 1926 and was formally named the first Official Artist of Liberia by President William Tubman in 1959.

    Aside from his artistic endeavours, Colonel Sirleaf also served as a distinguished army officer from 1938 until 1959, when he was commanding officer of the Liberian National Guard.

    The above work was gifted to Mr Thomas J. Watson of IBM by Mr C. Abayomi Cassell, a Liberian delegate to the United Nations who visited the USA from October 1950 to February 1951.
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