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ALLAN ROHAN CRITE (1910 - 2007) Our Lady of the Neighborhood.
Pen and ink with watercolor additions on buff paper, 1948. 279x229 mm; 11x9 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right, and titled in pencil, lower margin.
Provenance: the Ness Oleson Trust. The late Frannie Ness and Gary Oleson were the proprietors of Waiting for Godot Books of Hadley, MA, which specialized in rare American and English books, including African American literature.
This charming drawing of a black Madonna combines Crite's "Neighborhood Series" observations of African American life in Boston's Roxbury and South End districts with his interest in depicting Biblical narratives with black figures.