Mar 30, 2017 - Sale 2441

Sale 2441 - Lot 481

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(RACE HISTORY AND UPLIFT.) Heroes of the Colored Race. Chromolithographic poster, 22 x 30 inches, professional conservation including a small filled area in the lower left corner affecting one inch of the image area, laid down on linen. Cleveland: George M. Rewell, 1881

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One of the most elaborate of the so-called uplift posters that were published in the period following the Civil War, this one has a center occupied by three busts: Frederick Douglass, Hiram Revels and Blanch Bruce; in the four corners are four black Reconstruction politicians, Chase E. Nash, Joseph H. Rainey, Jonathan Lynch and Robert Smalls. Surrounding the three central figures are vignettes of African Americans in slavery times, on the battle field, and in schoolrooms. In the bottom center is an oval portrait of John Brown. We could locate only 3 copies of this lithograph: Yale, Western Reserve, and the Library of Congress.