Apr 04, 2019 - Sale 2504

Sale 2504 - Lot 56

Price Realized: $ 6,760
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970)
Victoria Island, Lagos (Nigeria).

Oil on cotton canvas, 1963. 406x660 mm; 16x26 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed and dated in pencil and titled in ink, upper right verso.

Provenance: the artist; Dorothy Porter Wesley; Constance Porter Uzelac, with the label on the frame back; thence by descent to the current owner.

Illustrated: James A. Porter, Artist and Art Historian: The Memory of the Legacy, Howard University, p. 144.

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.