Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 339

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
(RECONSTRUCTION.) J. Hoover, lithographer. Heroes of the Colored Race. Chromolithograph, 21 1/2 x 30 inches; two short closed tears, skillfully conserved and laid down on linen. Cleveland, OH: 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: ex-Senator Blanche K. Bruce, Frederick Douglass, and ex-Senator Hiram Revels; in the four corners are four Black United States representatives from the Reconstruction era: Chase Nash, Joseph Rainey, John Lynch and Robert Smalls. Small portraits of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and Grant decorate the patriotic emblem at top center. Surrounding the three central figures are 4 vignettes of African Americans: in the cotton field, "receiving the news of Emancipation," on the battlefield, and in a classroom. A portrait of John Brown appears just below Douglass at bottom center. 3 copies in OCLC.