Injured Innocence, pen and ink sketch on wood, circa 1878, a black man wearing a straw hat conceals baby chickens in his hat visible through the gaps in the straw, HAIN'T SEEN NUFFIN OF YER CHICKENS! DO YER TOOK ME FOR A THIEF. DO YER SEE ANY CHICKENS BOUT ME, GO WAY DAR, WHITE MAN. TREAT A BOY SPECTABLE, IF 'E AM BRACK, 205 x 155 mm, the caption printed on paper, the picture sketched on wood. Very fine. £325.00
This sketch is copied from a picture which appeared in the February 9, 1878 edition of Harper's Weekly by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The family were sympathetic to the abolitionist cause, so presumably this was in support.
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