An Ethiopian Chief
F. Holland Day (American, Norwood, Massachusetts 1864–1933 Norwood, Massachusetts)
18.1 x 18.4 cm. (7 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Not on view
The 1896 defeat of the Italians by Abyssinian Emperor Menelek II at Adowa in northern Ethiopia provided Day with the inspiration for a series of heroic figure studies entitled Menelek, Nubia, and variations of An Ethiopian. The exotically costumed and appointed model for these pictures was J. Alexandre Skeete, a strikingly handsome artist’s model and aspiring artist.