1991.13.30

Watercolour entitled 'Ju Ju compound, Benin 1897'.

Place details: AFRICA. Nigeria / Benin City 'Ju Ju Compund'. Cultural Group: Edo: Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Paper Plant / Watercolour Paint / Pigment / ?. Processes: Painted / ?. Colour: Polychrome Dimensions: H = 310 mm W = 475 mm Maker: George LeClerc Egerton Field Collector: George le Clerc Egerton Benin City Punitive Expedition When Collected: 1897 PRM Source: Dumas-Egerton Trust Acquired: Loaned 1991 Related Collections: Field diary and photocopy of relevant sections of the collector's personal diary in PRM MS collections.

KEYWORD: Painting / CLASS: Picture and Graphic Art / Religion / ?.

Publications history, trails & websites: Reproduced in a photomural for the installation of Treasures from an African Kingdom: Royal Art of Benin: The Perls Collection at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (1994). Photomurals also used in the installation of the same exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum (20 May 1994 to 7 July 1994). (See correspondence and slide of installation in RDF.) [JC 4 10 1996]

Reproduced in colour as Figure 2 on page 27 of 'Images of Benin at the Pitt Rivers Museum', by Jeremy Coote and Elizabeth Edwards, in African Arts, Vol. XXX, no. 4 (Autumn 1997), pp. 26-35, 93. This, the other watercolours (1991.13.29 and 1991.13.31) and the Dumas-Egerton collection in general are discussed at length on pp. 29-32. Copy in RDF. [JC 26 11 1997]

Research notes: The Dumas-Egerton Collection, of which this is part, was examined by Hermione Waterfield of Christie's in 1984, and a document, dated 7th December 1984, was produced with the title 'Part of the Nigerian Art Collected by Admiral Sir George Le Cler[c] Egerton on the Benin Expedition of 1897 on Deposit at Maidstone Museum' (see RDF). The entry for this object reads: 'Framed watercolours ... A Juju Courtyard with figures. 12 3/4 in x 6 in.' [JC 23 1 2002]