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Portrait of the King of Benin, Oba Ovonramwen, seated in a wicker chair with three soldiers standing beside and behind him. The Oba is wearing a velvet gown, and his feet are shackled together with chains. Soldiers wear uniforms; head-gear, short trousers, belts, jackets. Holding bayonets. Male at left and centre wearing medals.
- Production date
Length: 20.82 centimetres
Width: 14 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Photograph taken on board the S. S. Ivy, a British Government vessel, as the Oba was exiled and sent to Old Calabar in eastern Nigeria. The soldiers are British trained members of the Niger Coast Protectorate force. See F S Kaplan, History in Africa 18 (1991), pp.207-212. Some information provided by N F Barley, 04/06/1996.
Albums Af,A46 and Af,A47 were originally in one album containing 176 photographs.
Main themes of album: Views of indigenous and European settlements, trading stations, roads, and Christian cemeteries. Portraits of European and indigenous people.
By 1905 Green's portrait of the exiled king appeared as a hand-painted, coloured colotype on a postcard. (Anderson & Aronson, 2017)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015-2016 25 Nov-10 Apr, London, Tate Britain, Artist and Empire
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Copyright: British Museum (?).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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