Lot 332: Bond and Free: Five Sketches Illustrative of Slavery

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Lot 332: Author: Paton, J. Noel; Title: Bond and Free: Five Sketches Illustrative of Slavery. Photographed by Thomas Annan, Glasgow; Place Published: Glasgow; Publisher: Art Union of Glasgow; Date Published: 1863; Description: Five mounted albumen photographs of artworks by Paton depicting the slave trade, letterpress text on mounts. (Folio) 45.5x33 cm (18x13"), original printed wrappers.Moving depictions, the titles of the photographs are "Verbum Dei"; "The Sale"; "The Capture"; "The Rescue"; "Freedom". The work was presented to the subscribers of the Art-Union of Glasgow for the year 1863. J. Noel Paton (1821-1901), British painter, was known for his use of allegory. This series of five works combines straightforward image of the cruelties of the slave trade with classic religious symbolism. Paton's works are in the British National Gallery. The present work, being important in the realms of art, photography, and anti-slavery, is quite rare - OCLC lists only three copies, at Northwestern, the American Antiquarian Society, and Cornell University. Condition: Some soiling and edge wear to wrappers; mounts well foxed, photographs only slightly so, some fading, good to very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $800-1200
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