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Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade

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In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. Harrowed by what he witnessed, he captured the scene in sketches that he would later develop into a series of illustrations and paintings, including the culminating painting, Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia.

This innovative book uses Crowe’s paintings to explore the textu
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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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A pleasure to read. The entire narrative whirls outwards over the social and cultural terrain of 19th century America and slavery, but stays rooted in the experience and meaning of one painting by Eyre Crowe depicting "Slaves Waiting for Sale" in Richmond, VA in the 1850s, created for display in London high society. Moreover, by taking the perspective of two Brits visiting America for the first time, McInnis shows us how people who had never seen slaves waiting for sale before could nonetheless ...more
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Had to add this book after seeing the webcast of McInnis's 2012 Charles C. Eldridge lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
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