We recently acquired a new work by John Stobart, M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After completing his service in the Royal Air Force in the early 1950s, Stobart planned to return to school at the Royal Academy. By happenstance, a letter arrived in the mail from his father and set Stobart on a journey that would carve a deep passion for many of the works we see today.
With the letter was a ticket to board a ship with a destination of Cape Town, South Africa. His father had recently moved to South Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with his new wife Esme and requested John’s visit. The trip turned into a six-month sabbatical where John would travel by train from the southernmost coast of Africa up to Zimbabwe, painting along the way.
M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is just one of the many paintings done during this trip.
Stobart would often return to South Africa, commissioned by the steamship lines to illustrate their calendar pages.
M.V. Administrator at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1955
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches