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Baltimore News Vendor

Object Number: 
S-30
Date: 
1860
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. ( 61.3 x 38.4 cm ) frame: 32 x 23 1/4 x 3 in. (32 x 23 1/4 x 3 in.)
Description: 
African-American male figure selling copies of the newspaper, the Patriot, a Baltimore newspaper that favored the South's stance on slavery and states' rights.
Gallery Label: 
Cafferty copied this painting from the original by Thomas Waterman Wood at the request of Robert L. Stuart. Although, the newspaper vendor in this photograph, Moses, was an urban freeman in Baltimore, his choice of career was limited by "Black Codes", laws that prohibited entry into certain professions and limited ownership of businesses.
Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group