Photo, Print, Drawing America / E.W.C.
About this Item
- America / E.W.C.
- Print shows an idealized portrayal of American slavery and the conditions of blacks under this system in 1841. The Library's impression of the print is a fragment--the left panel only--of a larger print entitled "Black and White Slavery," which contrasts the plight of Britain's abused "white slaves" (actually factory workers, portrayed in the right panel) and America's "contented" black slaves. Weitenkampf rightly suggests that prints like these were published by Northern apologists for slavery. The work of one such apologist, E. W. Clay, displays a consistent lack of sympathy for blacks. Here he shows an attractive and wealthy, slave-owning white family, including a husband, his wife, and their two children. The young daughter plays with a lean greyhound which stands before them. The son gestures toward an elderly black couple with a small child sitting at their feet. A group of happy slaves dance in the background. The old slave says, "God Bless you massa! you feed and clothe us. When we are sick you nurse us, and when too old to work, you provide for us!" The master vows piously, "These poor creatures are a sacred legacy from my ancestors and while a dollar is left me, nothing shall be spared to increase their comfort and happiness."
- Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857, artist
- Donnelly, Arthur, publisher
Created / Published
- [New York] : Publ. by A. Donnelly, no. 19 1/2 Courtland St., N.Y. c1841.
- - African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States--1840-1850
- - African Americans--Dance--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Slaves--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Slavery--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Plantation owners--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Families--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Charity--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Dogs--Southern States--1840-1850
- - Title from item.
- - Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1841 by A. Donnelly, ....
- - Weitenkampf, p. 70
- - Davison, no. 158
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1841-1.
- 1 print on wove paper : lithograph, hand-colored ; 31 x 25.2 cm (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PGA - Clay (E.W.)--America (A size) [P&P]
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- pga 05677 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.05677
- cph 3g05950 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g05950
- cph 3b36116 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b36116
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZC4-5950 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-89745 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-DIG-pga-05677 (digital file from original item)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Chicago citation style:
Clay, Edward Williams, Artist, and Arthur Donnelly. America / E.W.C. Southern States, ca. 1841. [New York: Publ. by A. Donnelly, no. 19 1/2 Courtland St., N.Y] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2003690759/.
APA citation style:
Clay, E. W. & Donnelly, A. (ca. 1841) America / E.W.C. Southern States, ca. 1841. [New York: Publ. by A. Donnelly, no. 19 1/2 Courtland St., N.Y] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2003690759/.
MLA citation style:
Clay, Edward Williams, Artist, and Arthur Donnelly. America / E.W.C. [New York: Publ. by A. Donnelly, no. 19 1/2 Courtland St., N.Y] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2003690759/>.