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Portraits of a people : picturing African Americans in the nineteenth century / Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw ; contributions by Emily K. Shubert.

By: Shaw, Gwendolyn DuBois, 1968-.
Contributor(s): Shubert, Emily K | Addison Gallery of American Art | Delaware Art Museum | Long Beach Museum of Art.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Jacob Lawrence series on American artists: Publisher: Andover, Mass. : Seattle : Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy ; In Association with University of Washington Press, c2006Description: 183 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9780295985718 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0295985712 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Portraits, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions | African Americans -- Portraits -- Exhibitions | Art, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions | Ausstellung | Geschichte 1800-1900 | USAAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Portraits of a people.DDC classification: 704.9/42/08996073 Other classification: 20.54 | MS 3450
Contents:
Negro Portraits -- Signifying Enslavement and Portraying People -- "On deathless glories fix thine ardent view": Scipio Moorhead, Phillis Wheatley, and the Mythic Origins of Anglo-African Portraiture in New England -- "Moses Williams, Cutter of Profiles": Silhouettes and African American Identity in the Early Republic -- Portraits of a People.
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Catalog of an exhibition held at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, 14 January-26 March 2006; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, 21 April-17 July 2006 and the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California 25 August-26 November 2006.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Negro Portraits -- Signifying Enslavement and Portraying People -- "On deathless glories fix thine ardent view": Scipio Moorhead, Phillis Wheatley, and the Mythic Origins of Anglo-African Portraiture in New England -- "Moses Williams, Cutter of Profiles": Silhouettes and African American Identity in the Early Republic -- Portraits of a People.

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This exhibition catalog brings together a large number of 19th-century representations of African Americans never before seen together. Some are well known, such as the oft-reproduced images of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass; most are less familiar. Building on much scholarship of this period, Shaw (Univ. of Pennsylvania) adds more in her essays and catalog entries, which use the paintings, prints, and photographs as doorways into both engaging biographies and broader historical narratives regarding class, race, and gender in the US. Some examples are Benjamin Banneker, Henry Tanner, Daniel Coker, Joseph Cinque, George Washington's cook, and soldiers from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The majority of these images are of educated and successful African Americans, a 19th-century demographic whose existence is rarely acknowledged. For those interested in mixed-race representation, this catalog is especially useful. Each essay focuses on one specific image. For example, Shaw places the print of Phillis Wheatley within the visual history of both enslaved African women and white female writers. The essay on the silhouette of Moses Williams references both Williams's role in the Peale family business and the multivalent meaning of blackness circa 1805. Over 100 color, many half-page, reproductions. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. K. N. Pinder School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Karen C. C. Dalton is the director and curator of the Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive at Harvard University.

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