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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.
oil on canvas
50.8 x 40.6 cm
purchased from Timothy Taylor Gallery, 1999
British Council Collection
Visual Arts, Arts Group 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN EnglandView venue
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