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Portrait of Chris Ogidih

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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Craigie Aitchison preferred models for his portraits, rather than friends or family, and black models were a mainstay, because, as he said, he liked the colour. Favourite sitters included Gorgeous Macauley, who sat for some 14 years in the 1960s and '70s; the fashion journalist Lendel Scott-Ellis; Chicago the octogenarian former boxer; Naaotwa Swayne, the wife of a friend, composer Giles Swayne, and Comfort in the 1990s.

British Council Collection


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    50.8 x 40.6 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Timothy Taylor Gallery, 1999


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British Council Collection

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