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    Sale 2503 | Lot 5
    Price Realized: $625With Buyer's Premium
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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.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $625