Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1862
Campell and Rice note that Richmond, the capital of Virginia, was the second largest slave-trading market in the South, and many visitors witnessed auctions there. This oil painting was made by an English artist, Levevre J. Cranstone (1845-1867), who probably based his painting on a work by the artist Eyre Crowe. A better reproduction, in color, is published in Estill Pennington, Look Away: reality and sentiment in Southern art (Atlanta, 1989).
Published in E.D.C. Campbell, Jr. and K.S. Rice, eds., Before Freedom Came: African-american Life in the Antebellum South (Charlottesville, Univ. Press of Virginia, 1991), plate 1, p. x.
Cranstone, Levevre, J.
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