In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. His painting of the scene was later exhibited at the Royal Gallery in London in 1861.
In her book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, Maurie McInnis (University of Virginia) describes the impact this painting had on the British public at the outbreak of the American Civil War.
You can find out more by listening to a radio programme a month ago at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2014/11/slaves-waiting-for-sale
(Edited from newsletter of Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. www.yale.edu/glc)
Further information about:
- Crowe and his 10 paintings depicting aspects of US slavery can be seen on the website devoted to him http://eyrecrowe.com.
- the work of McInnis on her blog site: http://mauriemcinnis.wordpress.com.
The book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade was published by University of Chicago Press in December 2011.