The Fishermen

© Louis Azaria Mbughuni. Image credit: Argyll and Bute Council

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Louis Mbughuni came from a missionary family. 'The Fishermen' refers to the men that Jesus’ recruited as disciples. Purchased by Mitchison in Kampala in 1966 when Mbughuni was an undergraduate, this nocturnal scene reflects Makerere College’s focus on the expressive potential of colour in the 1960s. Mitchison may have seen parallels with the fishing communities of Argyll and Bute.

Though trained in the fine arts, Mbughuni’s career spanned theatre, literature and cultural policy. He served as Director of Arts and Language in the Ministry of Culture for Tanzania and was Professor of Theatre at the University of Dar es Salaam. He now lives in the United States, and remains a practicing artist.

The Argyll Collection



The Fishermen




oil on hardboard


H 50.7 x W 58 cm

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acquired from Makerere Artists Craftsmens Guild, Uganda, 1966

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L Mhugnui


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