"Landscape with Men and Boats" was painted in 1868 by renowned Hudson River School painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872). A free Black man and avid member of the abolitionist community, Duncanson donated paintings to help raise funds for anti-slavery causes and, in 1853, was commissioned to paint illustrations for Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Today, on Juneteenth, we commemorate the freedom of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it took two more years to enforce the federal order across the nation. On June 19, we celebrate the news reaching Galveston, Texas in 1865, marking the official end of slavery in the United States.
This masterwork by Duncanson has been reproduced from the collection of the #FrickPhotoarchive.
Black and white photographic reproduction of Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872), Landscape with Men and Boats, 1868. Oil on canvas, 18 x 30 in