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The Founding of Chicago
  • Aaron Douglas
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Nashville, Tennessee, United States ; active: United States
  • The Founding of Chicago, circa 1933
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gouache on paper board
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 37.47 x 31.43 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 3/4 x 12 3/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 24 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 1 in
    Weight: 7 lbs
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2006.0027
Label Text

Monochromatic image of figures in a landscape. There are silhouettes of three figures on the left side of the image, shown full length. There is a female figure holding a baby over her head furthest left. She has shackles around her wrist and a chain connecting them. There is a male figure to the right. He has a shovel over the left shoulder. He is wearing a garment that has ragged edges over the thighs. There is foliage around the image from bottom center to the top right corner. There are silhouettes of building on the right side of the image.