The Slave Auction (1862) by Lefevre Cranstone

Medium: oil

Size: 31 x 21 inches (33 x 53.3 cm)

Owner: Virginia Historical Society

This painting, similar to Slaves Waiting for Sale (1861), appeared in Kennedy Quarterly, V.7, No.1, in 1967, at which time it was owned by Kennedy Galleries Inc., New York. On one webpage, http://picturinghistory.gc.cuny.edu/lessons_burnsbrown1.php, the picture is credited to Eyre Crowe.

In fact, it is by Lefevre Cranstone, and is now owned by the Virginia Historical Society. Details & scans here: http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/educator-resources/linking-our-past/slave-auction-virginia-lefevre

2 Responses to The Slave Auction (1862) by Lefevre Cranstone

  1. trout says:

    This is apparently not a Crowe painting; the painting shown on that website and credited to Crowe is actually by Lefevre Cranstone. It is now owned by the Virginia Historical Society. Details & scans here: http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/educator-resources/linking-our-past/slave-auction-virginia-lefevre

  2. Kathryn Summerwill says:

    Thank you – that is really helpful information. The picture did not look to me like an Eyre Crowe painting, but because of the credit and the similarity to Crowe’s ‘Slaves Waiting For Sale’, I felt it important to include. I was hoping that someone would correct me and provide the real facts, and so you did! Thank you! Kathryn

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