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'Dakar, the capital of Senegal with around one million people, seemed a busy place especially in the area of the bus station where I arrived. I had been pre-warned about the muggers in this city, so after managing to find a reasonably priced hotel near the centre without incident, I was content to stay there and have an early night. The following morning, after discovering I was not going to be able to get my Mali visa, I at least had the chance to walk round the quiet streets in the city centre, though I was still bothered on a number of occasions by very persistent street vendors and thieves.


I was left to paint this picture in comparative peace due to the fact that most people about had gathered at the other end of the square to wait the arrival of the Pope.


After the squalor and general neglect of Banjul, Dakar with its fairly clean, modern buildings and wide streets was like being in a European city, though at no time while I was there did I feel really safe."- MH

Independence Square, Dakar, 1992

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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