The Banjo Lesson Poster by Henry O. Tanner


This unframed poster features a reproduction of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Banjo Lesson (1893). Henry Ossawa Tanner is an artist in the Hampton University Museum collection.

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Often acknowledged as the first African American artist to gain international recognition, Henry O. Tanner’s artistry represents a tradition of American artists who sought to show the beauty and value of African American life.

With a  trip to the Appalachian area in North Carolina  created The Banjo Lesson . Tanner’s travels inspired him to document the life and culture of African Americans. Something not always seen as a priority in 19th-20th century American society. The figures in The Banjo Lesson evoke a sense of serenity, artistry, and warmth, in spite of the social and economic hardships they may have faced.

Size: 35 ½”w  x 48”h


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Dimensions 48 × 35.5 in


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