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Modern - Limited Edition

In the early part of the new Millennium, Nelson Mandela turned his talented hand to creating unique sets of colour sketches. He completed over 20 sketches that include images he found meaningful, both symbolically and emotionally during the period of incarceration on Robben Island. The works were completed in a series of colour separations, first the strong black crayon lines providing the guide, then he selected colourful shades for each image. It is interesting to note that he completed no final original piece, only a series of separations which, when overlaid, create the final picture. The editions were then signed individually by Mr Mandela. His artist's motivations written in his characteristic neat handwriting, offer an insight into the thoughts behind the colour images he created.

See my other listings for more Mandela artwork. Check out my other items!

The lithographs were printed under the supervision of Professor Steven Inggs at the printmaking department of the University of Cape Town to the highest standards of printmaking. The quality is equal to the production of the finest French and British ateliers. 

Limited edition and sold out instantly in 2003 - its numbered XXX / 500

Non library photos of works: showing publishers embossed logo

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Serial number deliberately obscured in all shots.

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Publishers Certificate 

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This sketch depicts a view of Table Mountain through the bars of a prison cell on Robben Island. In fact Table Mountain is not visible from the prison cell windows, however, the view depicted in this piece idealises one that resembles freedom and beauty to Nelson Mandela during his incarceration. `The Window' is one of the few sketches where colour is used throughout indicating the deep emotional value and meaning attached by Nelson Mandela.This is a symbolic representation of Table Mountain from Nelson Mandela’s prison window. Table Mountain presented a hope to the prisoners of freedom. The mountain could not be seen from Mr Mandela’s window but the lithograph presents, vividly, that envisioned freedom.

Full Provenance includes Certificate from Publisher and independent Certificate of Authenticity from Cecil Greenfield - World leading authority on Mandela verification. Its has the water mark, of course, and the publishers embossed logo adjacent to the numbering.

BBC Interview of Madiba in his former cell.

The serial number on the artwork matches the serial number on the two certificates.

I have only seen two of these come for sale in the last 8 years..........

59 x 44cm (23 1/4 x 17 5/16in).

There is a Major Blockbuster movie out about Mandela - this will no doubt generate further big interest.

International at your cost / insurance. Cleared funds only.

Don't forget this is a very rare - strictly limited edition and personally signed by the man himself.

Not to be repeated.

Free delivery by self if in UK if distance isn't too far - otherwise secure courier.

There are many famous documented purchases of Nelson Mandela artwork including Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Samuel Jackson, the Sultan of Oman, Frank Warren and Prince Charles.

Nelson Mandela Life - Nelson Mandela returned to his prison cell on Robben Island where he was held as a political prisoner for more than two decades.

Galleries across the World

A man looks at some limited edition signed lithographs from former South African President Nelson Mandela on 9 March 2004 in New York City

With President Clinton in his former cell.

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