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BURROUGHS, Margaret. Original linoleum cut of the abolitionist and social activist, Harriet Tubman, printed on cream wove paper, with full margins and signed by the artist. This print comes from the portfolio, Celebrating Negro History and Brotherhood: A Folio of Prints by Chicago Artists. The contributing artists to the portfolio were Margaret Taylor Burroughs, Peter Gourfain, Bernard Goss and Joyce Gourfain. It was published by Seven Arts Workshop in 1956. The print came, with a number of other related and unrelated prints, in the original cover for the portfolio. Print titled and signed by the artist in bottom margin. Edition size unknown. Sheet size: 30.5cm wide x 38cm high. Unframed. Condition: A strong, powerful image, beautifully executed by a master printmaker at the height of her power, in very good overall condition.
Dealer Notes
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c. March 1822[1] – March 10, 1913) was born into slavery, she escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman was also an activist in the movement for women's suffrage.

Tha artist Margaret Taylor Burroughs created an impressive body of work as both a visual artist and a writer. She explored various media, including sculpture and painting, but was most prolific as a printmaker. Drawn to themes of family, community, and history, Burroughs crafted striking works on paper—usually linoleum block prints—that depict both traditional African and African American figures, as well as genre scenes illustrating South Side activities. Though primarily concerned with the black experience, she did not restrict herself to that single subject and instead depicted universal scenes that sometimes depicted subjects’ faces as half black and half white. “I wish my art to speak not only for my people, but for all humanity,” Burroughs vowed. Her experience as a children’s book author—including her poetry collection, What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?—also impacted her thematic choices. Hop Scotch, a 1991 linocut featuring girls from varying ethnic backgrounds in intricately patterned shirt-and-skirt ensembles, is typical of Burroughs’ style.
Margaret Taylor Burroughs is also remembered for her seminal role in preserving and promoting the legacy of African American contributions to art, culture, and history through her establishment of the DuSable Museum of African American History and the South Side Community Art Centre. Both institutions are located in Chicago, Illinois, where Burroughs spent the majority of her life. On her death in 2010, President Barack Obama spoke of his admiration for her “contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor.” Works by Margaret Burroughs can be found in major museum collections across the United States, including the National Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Author Margaret BURROUGHS
Date 1956.
Binding Printed on cream wove paper, with full margins.
Publisher Chicago: Seven Arts Workshop.
Condition A strong, powerful image, beautifully executed by a master printmaker at the height of her power, in very good overall condition.

Price: £500.00

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