Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Dancers in the sun

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Lot 43*
Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E
(Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Dancers in the sun

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,692) inc. premium
Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Dancers in the sun
signed and dated 'Ben Enwonwu/ 1947' (lower right)
gouache
51 x 34cm (20 1/16 x 13 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Collection of Sir Eldryd Hugh Owen Parry KCMG OBE, circa 1960.
    Acquired by a private collector in New York, 2010.
    By direct descent to present owner.


    This gouache, executed in 1947, is an early example of one of Enwonwu's favourite tropes - the dancing figure. It was acquired by the renowned physician and founder of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, Sir Eldryd Hugh Owen Parry KCMG OBE, in 1960.

    The year that Nigeria achieved independence, Parry was sent on secondment to University College Hospital in Ibadan. He then spent three years working at Haile Selassie University in Addis Ababa, before returning to Nigeria in 1969 as the Chair of Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Parry acted as Dean and Professor of Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi from 1980 to 1985. On his return to London, he founded the Tropical Health and Education Trust in 1988.

    The current owner developed an appreciation for Enwonwu after being introduced to the artist's work whilst he was working in Nigeria.
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