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Nelson Mandela
The Harbour - Mandela, Former South African President, Signed Art, Robben Island

2002

About the Item

Nelson Mandela, The Harbour, Signed Limited Edition Lithograph Many people are unaware that Nelson Mandela turned his hand to art in his 80's as a way of leaving a legacy for his family. He spent time with an art tutor and learnt to draw. In 2002, when creating the The Harbour print, he told Anna and Laura from Belgravia Gallery of his desire to become a full time artist when he retired. This sketch depicts a view of Robben Island where new prisoners would first set foot on the island. Nelson Mandela made a decision to highlight the ocean and landing stage in colour, two elements which clearly have significant symbolism in his interpretation. Prisoners would be stripped and searched on arrival and changed into prison clothes removing all signs of external personal identity. The landing stage would be their first contact with the prison island and the sea their last contact with freedom. An edition of 500 lithographs was launched on Robben Island in 2003 and very few remain available.
  • Creator:
    Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
  • Creation Year:
    2002
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)Width: 25.6 in (65 cm)Depth: 1.58 in (4 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Knowle Lane, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: The Harbour1stDibs: LU120714347911
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