Oct 04, 2018 - Sale 2487

Sale 2487 - Lot 65

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970)
Street of the Market, Zaria.

Oil on linen canvas, 1964. 406x660 mm; 16x26 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the artist; Dorothy Porter Walker; Constance Porter Uzelac, thence by descent to the current owner.

Illustrated: Romare Bearden and Albert Henderson. A History of African-American Artists, p. 380.

Zaria is a major city in the Kaduna State of northern Nigeria. In 1963-64, James Porter took a second trip to Africa while on sabbatical leave from his chairmanship of the art department at Howard University. He travelled and lived in West Africa, Nigeria and Egypt to gather materials for a projected book on West African art and architecture, in addition to painting several African landscapes.