Cutting Wood

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Sam Ntiro trained at Makerere College, Kampala and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Encouraged by his teacher, Margaret Trowell, his work drew on his Lutheran religion and the traditions of his people, the Chagga, from near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ntiro travelled and exhibited widely, to considerable international acclaim. He was Tanganyika’s first East African High Commissioner to the Court of St James and Ambassador to Ireland. Mitchison bought 'Chopping Wood' just before he became Tanzania’s Commissioner of Culture. The painting shows a group in the forest. Seven slender figures give the impression that they are working collectively. The painting is typical of Ntiro’s style and his interest in depicting Chagga life. Ntiro posted the painting to Dunoon in 1967, along with a letter and a photograph of himself.

The Argyll Collection



Cutting Wood


oil on canvas


H 50.7 x W 50.8 cm

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acquired, 1967

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S. J. Ntiro


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