Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 5

Price Realized: $ 15,600
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000

Oil on thick cardstock, circa 1913. 320x260 mm; 12 1/2x10 1/4 inches. Widespread cracklure.

With an oil sketch of a classroom interior on the verso. With a typed note attached to the frame back, "Self-Portrait by Lenwood Morris, executed by the artist when a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania about 1913 and given by him to his friend, John F. Porter, Jr. in that year. -- J.A. Porter."

Provenance: Gift of the artist to John F. Porter, Jr., 1931; James A. Porter; hence by descent to his daughter, Constance Porter-Uzelac. This is the first known work by this artist to come to auction.

Lenwood Morris was a student at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts with other African-American artists such as Laura Wheeler Waring and Julian Abele in the early 1900s. His watercolor Woman with Parasol of 1908 is in the Academy's permanent collection, and his oil portrait of the important African-American philosopher Alain Locke is in the collection of the Howard University Art Gallery.