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Le boab
Le boab
Le boab
Le boab
Le boab
Le boab
Le boab

Photo credit: Reading Museum

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A portrait head of a young man with North African features. His gaze looks down but with an insolent anger. The work is beautifully modelled but has a realistic feel. 'Le boab' means 'doorman' in French, and this figure was a servant of Tweed's great friend George Somers-Clarke, who lived and worked in Egypt. Tweed visited his friend several times in the 1920s and produced a similar portrait of Somers-Clarke which is now owned by St Paul's Cathedral. The two portraits provide an interesting comparison of coloniser and colonised.

Reading Museum & Town Hall



Le boab






H 54 x W 18 x D 18 cm

Accession number

REDMG : 2007.2160.1

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