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Title: Poto-Poto School Painting
Contributor: Bola
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College Special Collections
Abstract: Gouache on brown paper. Depicts three figures in three boats: one in a white skirt, one in a red skirt, and one in a yellow skirt. Signature of "Bola" in bottom right corner.
Description: Reverend William Pruitt (1911-1999), who served as a Presbyterian missionary in the Belgian Congo from the 1930s to 1978, collected a group of 37 paintings from artists at the Poto-Poto School, a small art school in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo that is still in operation today. In 1998, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. began an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made by several children of missionaries from the time Pruitt was a missionary in the Congo. This collection of paintings was found in the Rhodes College collection in the summer of 2023. The paintings were digitized and cataloged in the Visual Resources Center during fall 2023. Learn more about the William Pruitt investigation here:
Appears in Collections:Rhodes College Collection of Artwork and Artifacts

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