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ALLAN FREELON (1895 - 1960) Carolling Night.
Charcoal on tissue-thin, cream vellum paper, 1935. 304x260mm; 12x10 1/4 inches. Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed "To Mrs. Ada Liveright 25/12/36" in pencil, lower margin.
After serving in WWI, Allan Freelon began teaching in Philadelphia public schools, becoming supervisor of art instruction for the entire school district. During the school district's summer breaks, Freelon traveled to Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he pursued his interest in landscape painting. He studied there with Emile Gruppe at the Gloucester School of Painting, who emphasized sound drawing and bold use of colors. In this drawing, Freelon depicts a reoccurring image seen in his work, Our Lady of Good Voyage, a church built for the Portuguese community in Gloucester by the Roman Catholic Church. The church is very recognizable with its symmetrical bell towers and statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage, who holds a boat in her left hand as a symbol of a safe voyage. Another image of the church by Freelon, the painting Our Lady of Good Voyage, was shown in the 2004 exhibition, Allan Freelon: Pioneer African American Impressionist held at the North Carolina Central University Art Museum.