We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.
(212) 254-4710 ext. 0
Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM
Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to email@example.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.
Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.Sale 2503 | Lot 4
Price Realized: $4,250 With Buyer's Premium Show Hammer Price
Click Image To Enlarge
Sale 2503 Lot 4
THE FIRST AMERICAN ENGRAVING OF THE SLAVE SHIP BROOKS (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Plan of an African Ship's Lower Deck, with Negroes in the Proportion of Not Quite One to a Ton. Engraving, 5 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches; disbound on right edge, foxing, light vertical folds. [Philadelphia], May 1789
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000
The famous deck plan of the slave ship Brooks was one of the most powerful images of the early anti-slavery movement. It first appeared in England in March 1789, as part of a 4-page pamphlet by W. Elford. It was re-engraved for its first American appearance in the May 1789 issue of the American Museum, a popular magazine from Philadelphia. The image is reversed from the English printing, with the front of the ship facing left.Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,250