The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 12 No. 2 (1995)


19th Century African American Artists of the North and West (Part 2)
Published in 1995, this 64–page volume of the Hampton University Museum’s The International Review of African American Art is part two of a three–part series that chronicles 19th century African American craft artists and artisans. Included in this issue are many color and black & white photographs of artists’ works, with very insightful commentaries by highly respected art reviewers.

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Samella Lewis, Ph.D.

Managing Editor
Juliette Bowles

Associate Editor
M. J. Hewitt, Ph.D.

Guest Editor
Juanita Marie Holland, Ph.D.

Executive Publisher
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.

I am pleased to welcome you to this second of three issues on the artistic production of African Americans in the 19th century. This issue continues the first issue’s focus on African American artists of the North and West, beginning with Steven Jones’ presentation of some of his voluminous and meticulous research into 19th century Philadelphia’s artistic community. Rachel Layton reports on exciting new discoveries on the career of Peter Bentzon, the first silversmith of African descent whose work has been identified by his mark. Marilyn Richardson, an authority on the life and career of Edmonia Lewis, examines issues pertinent to Lewis’s creation of her Death of Cleopatra, first exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial. Allan Austin contributes recently unearthed research on the efforts in 1862 of the free Black community to showcase the work of its artists.

We end with a brief note on the career of Meta Warrick Fuller, the gifted Philadelphia artist. A sculptor whose work expressed a pivotal transition in the ways that 20th century African American artists sought to represent themselves and present their African heritage, Fuller certainly merits further research and exposure.

The third issue will feature the work of some of the scholars currently researching African American artists and craftspersons of the South. Subjects range from the findings of archaeological excavation to new discoveries and analyses of painters, quilters and architects. As the contributors to all these issues demonstrate, this is an exciting period in the study of African American art. I am grateful for the opportunity afforded by The International Review of African American Art to present the work of these gifted and dedicated scholars who are enriching the history of African American art.

— Excerpt from “Introduction” by Juanita Marie Holland

Feature Articles and Contributors:

“Introduction”, Juanita Marie Holland

“A Keen Sense of the Artistic: African American Material Culture in the 19th Century”, Steven L. Jones

“Peter Bentzon: A ‘Mustice’ Silversmith in Philadelphia and St. Croix”,
Rachel E. C. Layton

“Edmonia Lewis’ The Death of Cleopatra: Myth and Identity”,
Marilyn Richardson

“Black Artists and the Politics of 1862”, Allan D. Austin

“Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller”

News & Reviews

“Odun Dé Odun Dé—A Review”

“Black Male—A Critique”

Bibliographic Details

Title:                                      The International Review of African American Art

Publisher:                            The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:              1995

Binding:                                Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                Excellent

Book Type:                          Quarterly Magazine


The International Review of African American Art receives major support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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