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JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970) The Masquerade.
Oil on canvas, circa 1929. 380x452 mm; 15x18 inches. With the artist's label pasted on the canvas verso. Restretched.
Provenance: gift of the artist to Lois M. Jones; the estate of the artist; thence to a private collection.
Porter had just received a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting at Howard University in 1926, when the following year he was appointed assistant professor there. In 1929, 6 of his paintings were included in the Harmon Foundation exhibition with honorable mention. In 1930 the painter Lois Mailou Jones joined Porter on the Howard University faculty, where they both taught for forty years.