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Slave Auction

ID Number: 1941.3
Title: Slave Auction
Title Type: assigned
Item Status: Permanent Collection     Legal Status: Permanent Collection
Object Name: watercolors (paintings)
Collection Type: Paintings
Artist/Maker: Unknown (painter) -- More information
Date: ca. 1832
Process/Technique: Ink and watercolor
Materials: ink
watercolor (paint)
paper (fiber product)
Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches
Frame Dimensions: 16 3/8 x 17 3/8 inches
Object Description View of an auctioneer with gavel aloft, and three bidders. A male slave is up for auction on the auction block. Behind the auction block stands a female slave wearing a red striped dress and tignon.
Label Text: Queen of the South: New Orleans in the Age of Thomas K. Wharton, 1853-1862 1999-11-02
Slave Auction
ink and watercolor; ca. 1832

From Louis XIV to Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Tapestry 2004-04-13
Slave Auction
ink and watercolor; ca. 1832

New Orleans was one of the largest slave markets in the United States. There was no central slave market in the city, but a number of slave traders concentrated in the main business district and on the outskirts of the French Quarter. Although New Orleans was a center of the slave trade and more than half of the state’s population was enslaved before the Civil War, there were very few slaves owned within the city itself.

LDL: Painting in Louisiana from the Historic New Orleans Collection 2010-09-26
View of auctioneer and three bidders with male slave up for auction. A female slave stands behind.

Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865 2015-03-17
Slave Auction
ca. 1831; ink and watercolor
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1941.3
Extent: 1 item
Copyright Info.: THNOC has the right to reproduce the image.
Acq. Credit Line: The Historic New Orleans Collection, The L. Kemper and Leila Moore Williams Founders Collection
Collection Theme(s): Slavery and Indenture
Painting and Drawing
Subjects: Slave trade -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century.
Slave trade
African Americans
Condition: Good
Other Number: Louisiana Digital Library LP000331
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