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Outdoor Marketplace with Umbrellas

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James Amos Porter
graphite on paper
12 1/2 × 9 7/16 in. (31.7 × 24 cm)
As a scholar, James A. Porter was particularly interested in Africa’s influence on African American art and culture. He was awarded a grant to conduct research on African art in West Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt from 1963 to 1964. This drawing is from a sketchbook the artist James A. Porter used while he lived in Lagos, Nigeria during that time. The drawing includes three sketches: a busy market scene under two umbrellas featuring a seated woman at right; a second view of the market with a figure putting away her wares in a car; and a more detailed sketch of two hand-pulled carts. These sketches, most likely drawn from direct observation at the market, demonstrate Porter’s interest in place and figures in movement.
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