Mohammed Naghi Bey 1888-1956
N04823 Religious Procession, Addis Ababa
Inscribed 'Naghi | 1932' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 (54 x 65)
Presented by Lord Bossom 1936
Prov: Lord Bossom, London (purchased from the artist through the Beaux Arts Gallery 1936)
Exh: Société des Amis de l'Art, Cairo, 1932 (567); Paintings of Egypt and Abyssinia by M. Naghi, Beaux Arts Gallery, London, January-February 1936 (32)
Naghi spent a year in Addis Ababa as a delegate from the Egyptian Government on a mission to the court of the Negus. During this stay he painted a portrait of the Emperor Haile Selassie, as well as studies of Abyssinian life and customs and many landscapes.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.551-2, reproduced p.551