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

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie


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 (1921–1994), Art Adviser to the Colonial Government in Nigeria and foremost Nigerian artist of his period.

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Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editor: Nkiru Nzegwu; Film Review Editor: Phyllis J. Jackson; Exhibition/Curator & Book Review Editor: Azuka Nzegwu

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