(Untitled) Sponge Workers, Bridge of Soufrière, Dominica


(Untitled) Sponge Workers, Bridge of Soufrière, Dominica


Alfredus Williams (1875-1967)

Signed Williams (lower right)

Dated 1960 (lower right)

Oil on board

Sight Size: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm.)

Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art

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Alfredus Williams  (1875-1967) N.B. Alfredus Williams was an Afro-Caribbean self-taught artist born in Dominica, West Indies. He is best known for his genre scenes and landscapes of his native region, including also North African scenes, and scenes of Bermuda, executed in a detailed primitive-style.

He exhibited in the outdoor fair, Art on the Square (Washington Square, New York City, 1956).

He is listed in Theresa Dickason Cedarholm’s  Afro-American Artists, A Bio-bibliographical Dictionary .

Cedric Dover, in American Negro Art, mentioned that Williams took up painting in 1940 at the age of 65, and exhibited at the Jo Marino Galleries in 1958 (the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Negro Art).

His work was exhibited at Ross Galleries , NYC, 1996, Visionary Landscapes : Work by Three Self-taught Painters.  The exhibit featured the work of Williams, Minnie Evans, and Louis Monza.

From Jet , Oct 1958:

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