Slaves Waiting for Sale in US painting’s impact in Britain

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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:

The book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade  was published by University of Chicago Press in  December 2011.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to Slaves Waiting for Sale in US painting’s impact in Britain

  1. Kathryn Summerwill says:

    Thank you for the mention, Sean!

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