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Slave Illustration By James Daugherty 1930s Original Harriet Tubman Bio No Resv. For Sale
For sale is a signed, original pen and ink illustration by
James Henry Daugherty (1889 - 1974).
Daugherty was an American modernist painter, muralist, children's book
author, and illustrator (he won the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations and
the Newbery Medal for his book on Daniel Boone). I bought it last year in the Washington DC area. I guarantee it’s original, signed and
by Daugherty. This is a sale (I previously listed this as a Buy it Now/Best Offer sale... but I like this better... it's more fun).
I also have a Daugherty illustration of a settler (Daniel
Boone maybe) fighting off 4 Indians.
So check my other sales.
This illustration was used in “The Railroad to Freedom” by
Hildegard Hoyt Swift (published in 1932 by Harcourt, Brace & World,
Inc.). It’s the chapter
heading (page 9, Chapter 2) in this biography of Hariret Tubman and story of
the Underground Railroad. . It
shows Araminta Harriet Tubman's mother, Harriet Greene ("Old Rit")
and the kitchen-boys, Sam and Clarence.
Greene is working over an iron pot heating in a cooking fireplace and
there’s a chicken on a spit. Same and Clarence are running around
with two cats lapping up spilled milk from the floor. Greene has a bandana on and is smoking a pipe. There’s a nice, flowing circular design
to the image. I assume the scene it set in Maryland in the late 1830s where Tubman spent her youth.
It’s signed “Daugherty” in pencil in the lower left
corner. I also have a later edition
of the book I’ll include. On back
of the frame mat is a label that says: " "Illustration by
JAMES DAUGHERTY for RAILROAD TO FREEDOM by Swift". Written on back of
illustration itself it says "R R to Freedom" and 3.50.
I found a nice 1960 edition of the book I’ll include with
the illustration. Here's a short bit about Tubman:
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10,
1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during
the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made
more than thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of
antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She
later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the
post-war era struggled for women's suffrage.
The image is on tan paper (Daugherty usually worked on
brownish paper). It’s black ink
with the brown showing through.
There are white highlights and overlay which was often used for final
edits and changes before use in a publication.
Overall the illustration is in good condition, but there are
a few issues. Nicely, the image is
hinged (not glued down). But I
don’t know if they’re archival hinges.
The paper is naturally brown (Daughtery used tan paper a great
deal). But there is also some
toning around the very edges of the page and in the smoke area (upper left) and some small stains here and there. There's a flattened
diagonal crease (hard to see in some light) in upper right corner. I tried to use bright light to show things. But, when viewed under
normal light, it’s hard to see any issues.
The shipping price is just for the illustration. I do have the frame (it’s a metal frame
just over 21 by 17 3/4)) and it’s shown in one of the photos. It looks nice in it. If you want it, let me know and I’ll
give you a price for shipping in the frame.
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Here’s a bit more about Daugherty: He was an important
American modernist whose canvases hang in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney
& the Smithsonian. Born June 1, 1887 in Asheville, North Carolina and began
his formal study of art, at the Corcoran Art School in Washington D.C. Later he
studied at the Philadelphia Art Academy and abroad. In London he read Walt
Whitman and became excited about catching in visual images the poet's dynamic
concept of America. About 1915 began Daugherty's long absorption in color
abstraction. He was a pivotal member of the Sychromist movement in American
modernism and as such, had a retrospective show at the Schoelkopf Gallery in
NYC in 1971. After 1920 and into the 1930's Daugherty turned to mural paintings
portraying vibrant themes from American history. He then turned to illustrating
children's books and has more than 50 to his credit and the authorship of a
dozen. James Daugherty died on February 21, 1974 in Boston.
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Please feel free to ask questions (except I won't end the sale early). I’ll respond as quickly as possible. Also, I’ve shipped hundreds of items
overseas with no problem, but please be aware that Customs can delay things a
long time… I will post the true sales price on the customs form… and shipping
can be expensive (I’ll work with you to limit costs as much as possible). I offer 14 days money back, but you pay
return shipping. So, please look
closely at the description and images.
Thanks for looking and good luck if you decide to offer.
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