Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970)
Fish Vendors at Bar Beach, Lagos.

Oil on cotton canvas, 1964. 559x735 mm; 22x29 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Inscribed "J. A. Porter", titled and numbered #42 in ink, verso, and inscribed "Seafood Vendors" in pencil in ink verso.

Provenance: the artist; hence by descent to his daughter, Constance Porter-Uzelac; thence by descent, private collection.

Exhibitions: African Retrospective, Howard University, 1964; Afro-American Artists, 1800-1969, Municipal Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, 1969-1970; James A. Porter: Artist and Art Historian; The Memory of The Legacy, Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 15, 1992 - February 9, 1993; The Art of Harlem Renaissance Man James A. Porter, State Capitol Rotunda, Tallahassee, February 1 - March 17, 2005, with the estate label on the frame back listing exhibition history..

Fish Vendors at Bar Beach, Lagos is large canvas from the artist's scarce African period - made in Nigeria during his 1963-64 study and tour of West Africa.