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    Sale 2503 | Lot 5
    Estimate: $600 - $900
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      Sale 2503 Lot 5

      (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Sala, F.; lithographer. [The Slave Trade--Slaves on the West Coast of Africa.] Hand-colored lithograph, 11 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches; laid down on modern paper. Berlin, Germany, circa 1860s

      Estimate $600 - 900

      A harrowing scene at a slave market on the African coast. At the center, three white traders negotiate with four armed Africans for a piece of merchandise--a prostrate black man. To the left, other slaves are prepared for shipment; a woman is being branded on her shoulder. This lithograph is an interpretation of an 1835 painting by Fran├žois-Auguste Biard which was popular in abolitionist circles. A larger 1844 engraving of the painting by Wagstaff is occasionally seen on the market, but we have not traced any other examples of the present lithograph.