Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Asaba

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Lot 68
Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E
(Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Asaba

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 13,380) inc. premium

Africa Now

28 Feb 2018, 17:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Asaba
signed, dated and titled 'ASABA/ BEN ENWONWU/ 1959' (lower center left)
red chalk
75 x 26cm (29 1/2 x 10 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Gifted by the artist to Mr. John H. Rees.
    By direct descent.


    John H. Rees became acquainted with Enwonwu when the artist was commissioned to create a series of sculptures by the Daily Mirror in 1960. Rees was then working as the newspaper's Operations Manager, and was responsible for overseeing the installation of Enwonwu's sculptures in the forecourt of the Daily Mirror's new London headquarters in Holborn. It was during this period that Enwonwu gifted him the above drawing.

    The chalk sketch depicts a young boy from Asaba, the capital of modern day Delta state in southern Nigeria. Positioned on the west bank of the Niger River, the town became known as a trading hub, with merchants selling cassava, yams, palm oil and kola nuts.
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