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George Fuller (1822-1884) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, traveled through much of the South, including South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama in the 1850s. Working as a portrait painter, Fuller also made numerous sketched of slaves and plantation slave life he observed on his travels. Fuller's sketches provide a rare glimpse of slavery in the Deep South in the decade before the Civil War (1861-1865.) This drawing is one of three Fuller made of the interior of slave quarters on a southern plantation. The woman in the sketch is making or mending a shirt. Her task and comfortable seating suggest that she is a house slave rather than a field hand. Note the Fuller's careful attention to details such as the woman's dress, the iron pots in the fireplace, and the meager furniture.


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African-American woman sewing

artist   George Fuller (1822-1884)
date   1856-1858
location   Alabama
height   5.5"
width   10.75"
process/materials   paper, graphite, ink
item type   Art/Drawing
accession #   #1994.20.03.54

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