Photo, Print, Drawing The fugitive's song
About this Item
- The fugitive's song
- A sheet music cover illustrated with a portrait of prominent black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as a runaway slave. Douglass flees barefoot from two mounted pursuers who appear across the river behind him with their pack of dogs. Ahead, to the right, a signpost points toward New England. The cover's text states that "The Fugitive's Song" was "composed and respectfully dedicated, in token of confident esteem to Frederick Douglass. A graduate from the peculiar institution. For his fearless advocacy, signal ability and wonderful success in behalf of his brothers in bonds. (and to the fugitives from slavery in the) free states & Canadas by their friend Jesse Hutchinson Junr." As the illustration suggests, Douglass himself had escaped from slavery, fleeing in 1838 from Maryland to Massachusetts. He achieved considerable renown for his autobiography "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," first published in 1845. The Library's copy of "The Fugitive's Song" was deposited for copyright on July 23, 1845. An earlier abolitionist song composed by Hutchinson, "Get Off the Track!" (no. 1844-14), also used a cover illustration to amplify its message.
- Bouve, Ephraim W., 1817-1897, artist
- Prentiss, Henry, 1801-1859, publisher
- Prentiss, Henry, 1801-1859, copyright claimant
Created / Published
- Boston : Published by Henry Prentiss, 33 Court St., 1845.
- - Douglass, Frederick,--1818-1895
- - Hutchinson, Jesse,--1802-1853
- - African Americans--1840-1850
- - Abolition movement--1840-1850
- - Fugitive slaves--1840-1850
- - Slavery--1840-1850
- - Canada--Foreign relations--United States--1840-1850
- - United States--Foreign relations--Canada--1840-1850
- Sheet music covers--1840-1850.
- Sheet music covers--1840-1850
- - Title from item.
- - Lith. of E.W. Bouvé Boston.
- - Entered according to act of congress in the year 1845 by Henry Prentiss in the clerks office of the district court of Massachusetts.
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1845-7.
- - Exhibited: "Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century" at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, and other venues, 2006.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; sheet 35.6 x 23.8 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- LOT 10615-59 [item] [P&P]
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- ppmsca 07616 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.07616
- cph 3a10460 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a10460
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-DIG-ppmsca-07616 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-7823 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Chicago citation style:
Bouve, Ephraim W., Artist, Henry Prentiss, and Henry Prentiss. The Fugitive's Song. Canada United States, 1845. Boston: Published by Henry Prentiss, 33 Court St. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661459/.
APA citation style:
Bouve, E. W., Prentiss, H. & Prentiss, H. (1845) The Fugitive's Song. Canada United States, 1845. Boston: Published by Henry Prentiss, 33 Court St. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661459/.
MLA citation style:
Bouve, Ephraim W., Artist, Henry Prentiss, and Henry Prentiss. The Fugitive's Song. Boston: Published by Henry Prentiss, 33 Court St. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661459/>.