Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Slave Sale in Charleston, South Carolina (1854)

A Slave Sale in Charleston, South Carolina (1854)

One of the first paintings to be finished after Crowe's return from America. The engraving shown below, 'from a sketch by Eyre Crowe', is perhaps a version of the painting. The engraving was published in the Illustrated London News on 29 November 1856, accompanying an essay by Crowe, which he concluded with a call for greater public condemnation of slavery by the British. The engraving is well known and copies are held by many galleries, print dealers and museums. Sometimes the copies are coloured. Two versions are held at the New York Public Library and appear on their digital gallery.

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