Fonds AL2448 - Portraits of ANC Leaders

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Portraits of ANC Leaders


  • 1993 (Accumulation)

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8 paintings on fabric

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The painting of the portraits of the President-Generals of the ANC was commissioned by the Film Resource Unit for the public launch of 'Ulibambe Lingashoni - Hold Up the Sun', a five part video documentary series on the ANC and popular power in the making.

The artists are from of J V Graphix, silk screen and sign-writers.

The painting is done on navy blue fabric.

From 1912 to 1993 the ANC has had ten presidents. Only 9 portraits were painted, and only eight are found in this collection.

The President-Generals of the African National Congress (ANC) 1912-1993

  1. John Dube 1912 - 1917

  2. S M Makgatho 1917 - 1924

  3. Z R Mahabane 1924 - 1927

  4. Josiah Gumede 1927 - 1930

  5. Pixley Ka Seme 1930 - 1937

  6. Z R Mahabane 1937 - 1940

  7. Dr A B Xuma 1940 - 1949

  8. Dr James Moroka 1949 - 1952

  9. Chief Albert Lutuli 1952 - 1967

  10. Oliver R Tambo 1967 - 1969 (acting)

1969 - 1991

  1. Nelson R Mandela 1991 - 1997

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These paintings were painted in 1993. From 1912 to 1993 the ANC has had ten President-Generals. Only 9 portraits were painted, of which only eight are found in this collection. These are:

  1. John Dube

  2. Josiah Gumede (not sure)

  3. Pixley ka Seme (not sure)

  4. Unidentified

  5. Dr Moroka

  6. Chief Lutuli

  7. O R Tambo

  8. Nelson Mandela

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