Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1862

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Image Reference

Published in E.D.C. Campbell, Jr. and K.S. Rice, eds., Before Freedom Came: African-american Life in the Antebellum South (Charlottesville, Univ. Press of Virginia, 1991), plate 1, p. x.

Campell and Rice note that Richmond, the capital of Virginia, "was the second largest slave-trading market in the South, and many visitors witnessed auctions there." This oil painting was made by an English artist, Levevre J. Cranstone (1845-1867), who "probably" based his painting "on a work by the artist Eyre Crowe." A better reproduction, in color, is published in Estill Pennington, Look Away: reality and sentiment in Southern art (Atlanta, 1989).