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Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 14.00 hours (1998)

Yinka Shonibare

C-type print

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 14.00 hours (1998)





C-type photographic print

Physical Object Description:

A framed colour photograph of a man dressed in a grey suit standing in the centre of a study holding a piece of paper. He is surrounded by five other men, three are seated and two standing. To the right of the image, four women dressed as maids stand in the doorway.


122 x 183 cm


Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society Special Collection Scheme on behalf of the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery with funds from the Arts Council Lottery, 1999

Ownership history:

Purchased from Stephen Friedman Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society through its Special Collection Scheme, with Lottery funding from Arts Council England, 13 February 1999; presented to Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 1998/99
One of a series of five photographs, Shonibare plays the role of a dandy, an outsider who uses his flamboyance, wit and style to penetrate the highest levels of society. Loosely based on William Hogarth’s cycle of paintings and engravings A Rake’s Progress (1733), the photographs follow the dandy’s increasingly decadent activities throughout the day. As a playful comment on historic depictions of black people, Shonibare imagines himself as a central character in scenes set during the height of British colonial power.

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