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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1915 – Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia 1989

  • Europe, Africa 1936-40
  • Bali 1967-80

not titled [three figures in costume] c.1938 Place made: Lagos, Nigeria
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, graphite; ink; paper; watercolour painting in watercolour, ink and wash over black pencil Support: white wove paper

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Secondary Insc: Inscribed verso upper centre in black pencil, 'The Lagos Elite of those days were as eccentric as they were / despotic'.
Tertiary Insc: Printed letterhead verso, 'AFRICA-ART CO. / Dealers in African & Oriental Arts Importers & Exporters / 12a WESTBOURNE GROVE, / LONDON, W.2'
Dimensions: image 21.0 h x 26.7 w cm sheet 21.0 h x 26.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.664.37
Image rights: Reproduced with permission from the Estate of the Late Donald Friend
  • Purchased by the Acquisition Committee of the proposed Australian National Gallery, from Reinhart Hassert, art dealer, Sydney, March 1973.