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Contested Vision: Ben Enwonwu's Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie

Abstract


This essay focuses on the experiences of a colonial subject/artist in the ideological spaces of the British Colonial Empire, and in the art object as a site of contestation between different historical imperatives. In 1957, Elizabeth the Second, Queen of England and monarch of the British Empire, commissioned and sat for a portrait sculpture. The commission was carried out by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (19211994), Art Adviser to the Colonial Government in Nigeria and foremost Nigerian artist of his period.

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