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Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade

Maurie D. McInnis


In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. Harrowed by what he witnessed, he captured the scene in sketches that he would later develop into a series of illustrations and paintings, including the culminating painting, Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia. This book uses Crowe’s paintings to explore the texture of the slave trade in Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans, the evolving iconography of abolitionist art, and the role of visual culture in the transatlantic world of abolitionism. Tracing Crowe’s trajectory from Richmond across th ... More

Keywords: eyre crowe, slave auction, slave trade, richmond, charleston, new orleans, iconography, abolitionist art, visual culture, abolitionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226559339
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226559322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurie D. McInnis, author