In Phillis Wheatley I proved intellectual equality in the midst of slavery

Created by
Catlett, Elizabeth, Mexican, 1915 - 2012
Subject of
Wheatley, Phillis, American, 1753 - 1784
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
1946; printed 1989
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
Medium
ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image with title): 9 3/4 × 7 1/8 in. (24.8 × 18.1 cm)
H x W (image): 9 1/8 × 6 1/8 in. (23.2 × 15.6 cm)
H x W (sheet): 15 × 11 1/4 in. (38.1 × 28.6 cm)
Description
Black and white linocut featuring Phillis Wheatley. Wheatley is in the foreground of the image with three women behind her. Wheatley is depicted in her well-known portrait pose, seated at a desk and writing on paper with a quill. Wheatley is facing to the right and holding the quill in her left hand. Her other hand is resting against her cheek. The three women in the background are standing, barefoot, and chained together. The title is handwritten in graphite below the image and the work is signed. The reverse is blank.
Portfolio/Series
The Black Woman (formerly the Negro Woman)
Classification
Visual Arts
Type
linocuts
Topic
Art
Freedom
Identity
Literature
Resistance
Slavery
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Winifred Hervey
Object number
2017.21.8
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/fd51aaf922b-6ac1-496b-8fe8-fbeabe21e23b
2 image(s)