Sketch by Muhammad Ali of his 1967 trial

Image for Sketch by Muhammad Ali of his 1967 trial
Created by
Ali, Muhammad, American, 1942 - 2016
Medium
ink and graphite on paper, paint on wood, cardboard, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (frame): 27 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (69.9 x 54.6 x 3.8 cm)
H x W (white board:): 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Type
sketches
Place made
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
Date
1967
Description
A pencil and ink sketch by Muhammad Ali of the courtroom in which he was tried and convicted for failing to report for military duty after being drafted. The scene is drawn in pencil then traced over and filled in with black ink. The judge sits at the bench in the top center of the scene, with the jury seated on the far left side and spectators along the entire bottom edge. Lawyers, defendants, and prosecutors sit at two tables in the center. A person sitting at the right table has a thought bubble coming from their head with what appears to be a burning building in the bubble. Muhammad Ali signed the drawing in the lower right above the crowd of spectators. The drawing is framed in a wooden frame painted gold that hangs with a single wire strung horizontally across the center of the reverse.
Topic
African American
Art
Athletes
Boxing
Law
Politics (Practical)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.153.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Visual Arts
Exhibition
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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