Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Print - Untitled


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Africa (made)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maqhubela, Louis, born 1939 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper with etching

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 267

Louis Khela Maqhubela was born in Durban, South Africa. His early artwork reflected the style and subject matter of the ‘Township’ artists who portrayed shanty-town street life. By 1966, however, Maqhubela’s style had changed dramatically and he began to make monochromatic pictures using mixed media. His subject matter also changed, to philosophical and religious themes. In 1966 Maqhubela travelled to England to study under Douglas Portway, a fellow South-African abstract artist. He later trained at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Art before setting up a studio in London.

This untitled work by Maqhubela presents etched figures, lines and shapes against a background of soft colour created with thinly-applied oil paint. The figures have a dreamy, child-like quality yet the careful composition reveals the hand of a master draughtsman.

Physical description

Oil on paper with etching with semi-abstract childlike imagery.

Place of Origin

South Africa (made)


1994 (made)


Maqhubela, Louis, born 1939 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper with etching

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 39 cm unmounted, Width: 58.5 cm unmounted

Descriptive line

Louis Maqhubela

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1997


Paper; Oil paint




Black History; Africa


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.