Created by
Catlett, Elizabeth, Mexican and American, 1915 - 2012
Subject of
Tubman, Harriet, American, 1822 - 1913
Date
1946-1947; printed 1989
Medium
ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image with title): 9 3/4 × 7 1/16 in. (24.8 × 18 cm)
H x W (image): 9 1/16 × 7 1/16 in. (23 × 18 cm)
H x W (sheet): 15 1/8 × 11 1/4 in. (38.4 × 28.6 cm)
Description
This black and white linocut depicts Harriet Tubman directing a group of individuals. She stands with her back to the viewer, looking over her right shoulder and down her right arm, which she points in a straight line to her right. She wears a light colored long dress with a striped hem and dark shoes. Her sleeves are rolled up past the elbows. She has a loose cap on her head and a satchel slung over her left shoulder. In the background is a group of individuals consisting of several men and a woman carrying a baby. The woman wears a long loose skirt and loose shirt. She has a loose cap or cloth on her head and carries a baby against her left shoulder. Next to the woman is a man in a loose shirt and pants. He carries a bulging sack over his right shoulder. Both the woman and the man are barefoot. Behind them are four men, two of them wearing hats. They are shown walking towards the right hand margin, in the direction of Harriet Tubman's pointing finger. There is a handwritten title below the image in pencil. It is signed by the artist on the bottom right. The back is blank.
Portfolio/Series
The Black Woman (formerly the Negro Woman)
Classification
Visual Arts
Type
linocuts
Topic
Art
Identity
Resistance
Slavery
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Winifred Hervey
Object number
2017.21.7
Restrictions & Rights
© 2020 Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5281093bc-b1fe-457f-82a6-fae6bdafbd82

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