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Created by:
Elizabeth Catlett, Mexican, 1915 - 2012  Search this
Subject of:
Phillis Wheatley, American, 1753 - 1784  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
ink and graphite on paper
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)
1946; printed 1989
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.
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Freedom  Search this
Identity  Search this
Literature  Search this
Resistance  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Winifred Hervey
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© 2020 Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Permission required for use.
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture