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Title

The legend of the Queen of the South

1941

Artist

Belachew Yimer

Ethiopia

circa 1894 – 1957

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
    Solomon and the Queen of the South
    Place where the work was made
    Ethiopia
    Date
    1941
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on shama (cotton cloth) on masonite board
    Dimensions
    88.4 x 176.7 cm sight; 94.8 x 183.7 x 1.9 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated [in Amharic] in black oil, l.l. corner "...in 1933 [Ethiopian era 1941].../...Balatchaw Damar[sic]".

    Credit
    Gift of Mr George Sandwith FRGS 1955
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    9159
    Copyright
    © The Estate of the Artist

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    Belachew Yimer

    Works in the collection

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

  • Provenance

    George Sandwith, circa 1941-1955, England, Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1955. During the Italian occupation of Ethiopia (1936-1941), Sandwith served with the East African Forces. He was sent on expedition to Addis Ababa in 1941 were he met Belachew Yimer. Over a period of two years Belachew produced various paintings several at the request of Sandwith. On his departure, Sandwith took with him a total of seventeen paintings by the artist, including both contemporary and earlier dated works. 'Solomon and the Queen of the South' was one of these seventeen paintings. Sandwith on his return to London had all works photographed and mounted at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Records state that Sandwith's attempts at finding a suitable institution in the United Kingdom for these works was unsuccessful. Although the details of the acquisition are unknown, it is likely that Sandwith commissioned Belachew to paint this representation of the popular theme of the Queen of Sheba.

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