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Eyre Crowe's Slave Auction Images

Slave Auction at Richmond, Virginia.

A wood engraving titled Slave Auction at Richmond,Virginia, published in the Illustrated London News on September 27, 1856, depicts a slave auction as witnessed by the English artist Eyre Crowe. An auctioneer raises his hand to entertain bids for the young enslaved woman standing on the auction block; to the right, an African American male, who has either just been purchased or is about to be sold, endures being poked and prodded by a white man checking on the slave's physical condition.

Original Author: Eyre Crowe

Created: Published September 27, 1856

Medium: Engraving

Courtesy of Maurie D. McInnis

Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia.

A wood engraving titled Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia, published in the Illustrated London News on September 27, 1856, depicts a group of eight enslaved women and childen awaiting the moment of their sale. The original sketch was made by the English artist Eyre Crowe, who witnessed a slave auction in Richmond on March 3, 1853. Crowe later created an oil painting based on the same scene and added an enslaved male to the group awaiting the auction block.

Original Author: Eyre Crowe

Created: Published September 27, 1856

Medium: Wood engraving

Courtesy of Maurie D. McInnis

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  • Slave Auction at Richmond, Virginia.

    A wood engraving titled Slave Auction at Richmond,Virginia, published in the Illustrated London News on September 27, 1856, depicts a slave auction as witnessed by the English artist Eyre Crowe. An auctioneer raises his hand to entertain bids for the young enslaved woman standing on the auction block; to the right, an African American male, who has either just been purchased or is about to be sold, endures being poked and prodded by a white man checking on the slave's physical condition.

    Original Author: Eyre Crowe

    Created: Published September 27, 1856

    Medium: Engraving

    Courtesy of Maurie D. McInnis

  • Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia.

    A wood engraving titled Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia, published in the Illustrated London News on September 27, 1856, depicts a group of eight enslaved women and childen awaiting the moment of their sale. The original sketch was made by the English artist Eyre Crowe, who witnessed a slave auction in Richmond on March 3, 1853. Crowe later created an oil painting based on the same scene and added an enslaved male to the group awaiting the auction block.

    Original Author: Eyre Crowe

    Created: Published September 27, 1856

    Medium: Wood engraving

    Courtesy of Maurie D. McInnis