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Slave Sale, Charleston, South Carolina

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1857,0613.1018

  • Title (object)

    • Slave Sale, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Description

    A slave auction taking place in a street, the purchasers gathered before the platform including a black gentleman on horseback at left, some examining the slaves; the masts of a ship beyond at left; after Eyre Crowe, page taken from 'the Illustrated London News', the letterpress on verso including a commentary on the subject, and a wood-engraving of an ornate candlestick presented to Mr Charles Capper of the Eastern Counties Railway. November 1856
    Wood-engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1856
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 238 millimetres
    • Width: 326 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title and name of draughtsman, and with the title of publication, date (Nov.29 1856) and page number (555) running vertically at left.
  • Curator's comments

    Information from Donato Esposito (email 5 October 2009): Crowe later exhibited a painting 'Slaves waiting for sale' at the Royal Academy in London in 1861 (no.328) which some critics found to be "an interesting and truthful representation of negro life..something genuine on which we can look with pleasure, and gather information while we look" ('Fine arts: Royal Academy (Third Notice)', 'The Spectator', 25 May 1861, p.557).

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Illustrated London News
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1857

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1857,0613.1018

A slave auction taking place in a street, the purchasers gathered before the platform including a black gentleman on horseback at left, some examining the slaves; the masts of a ship beyond at left; after Eyre Crown, page taken from 'the Illustrated London News', the letterpress on verso including a commentary on the subject, and a wood-engraving of an ornate candlestick presented to Mr Charles Capper of the Eastern Counties Railway.  November 1856  Wood-engraving

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A slave auction taking place in a street, the purchasers gathered before the platform including a black gentleman on horseback at left, some examining the slaves; the masts of a ship beyond at left; after Eyre Crown, page taken from 'the Illustrated London News', the letterpress on verso including a commentary on the subject, and a wood-engraving of an ornate candlestick presented to Mr Charles Capper of the Eastern Counties Railway. November 1856 Wood-engraving

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