Slave Auction, New York City/ New Amsterdam

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Image Reference

Harpers New Monthly Magazine (Jan. 1895), p. 299. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library; also Francis J. Dowd, ed., Howard Pyle's Book of the American Spirit [New York and London, 1923], facing p. 55.)

The caption under this illustration reads, "the choicest pieces of her cargo were sold at auction..." This auction scene, as it was imagined by the well-known American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911), accompanies an article, "The New York Slave-Traders"(pp. 293-303). The date 1643 is shown on the building behind the auctioneer's block and modern publishers sometimes assume that that this indicates the date of the illustration.