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Portrait of a Distinguished English (?) Lady

Portrait of a Distinguished English (?) Lady

Item Description:

Collection of a Gentleman
The five paintings in this collection once belonged to a prominent gentleman, Jusuf Ronodipuro, who was known to have broadcasted the news about the Proclamation of the Indonesian Independence to the world in the evening of 17 August 1945. from the Hoso Kyoku broadcasting offices. Following this incident, he was captured by the Japanese. but fortunately he was released. It did not dissuade him; he later established the Radio Suara Indonesia Merdeka ( The Voice of Free Indonesia ) using scrap electronic material. Sukarno’s speech on Radio Suara Indonesia on 25 August 1945, became the first radio speech given by the President.
Ronodipuro asked his colleague Abdulrahman Saleh to gather radio operators in the regions, such as Solo, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Semarang as well as other regions, to demand that the Japanese give them the authority to broadcast. Initially, the Japanese were reluctant, because their surrender agreement with the Allied forces, required them to hand over all the facilities that were in their control, to the Allied Forces. After some struggle, in the end, the Japanese gave up, and on 11 September 1945, Ronodipuro became the head of the RRI. With the first military aggression on 21 July 1947, Ronodipuro was captured and imprisoned by the Dutch.

Following the transfer of sovereignty to Indonesia. he was freed. Between 1950-1956 he headed the RRI Jakarta. During his term at RRI, he also became a member of the Indonesian delegation to the Asian Radio Consultative Conference in New Delhi (1950), as well as an international convention in Switzerland (1954). He also became an advisor to the Indonesian delegation to the United Nations general assembly (1961-1965). He was appointed the Secretary General of the Department of Information (1969-1972), as the Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay (1972-1976), and also the President Director of the State Printing Agency (1976).
He collected art since he was very young, probably since the 1940s, and continued to do so until the 1980s.He was close to Basoeki Abdullah, whom he probably knew since the Japanese times, and therefore he possessed some of the most iconic works of the painter. He probably also knew other prominent painters whose works are in his collection, including Sudjojono, Sudarso, Agus and Otto Djaya, Bagong Kussudiardjo and even Trubus and Zaini.

This pencil on paper drawing is signed dated and inscribed 16 May 1956, London. It seems to be of an eminent English lady (Mrs. Band?). Although Basoeki Abdullah was known for his paintings of women, often times in the nude. he can also paint ladies who are elegant and distinguished, such as in this drawing.
it seems that Mr. Jusuf Ronodipuro had known the painter Basoeki Abdullah since the Japanese times, and this is just one of the gentleman’s collection of Basoeki Abdullah works in his collection.


The painting is in good condition


pencil on paper


signed and dated (lower right): Basoeki Abdullah 16 May 56 London




61 x 48.5 cm

About The Artist:

Basoeki Abdullah




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