Still Life and Still Lives
Kerry James Marshall, Still Life with Wedding Portrait, 2015.











Isaac Jefferson (former slave of Thomas Jefferson), tinsmith, nail maker, and blacksmith, Daguerreotype, c. 1845.
An aerial view of Monticello shows Mulberry Row to the right of Thomas Jefferson's house, 1772.

Slavery at Monticello app











Federalist = Neoclassic

David Drake "Dave the Potter" for Lewis Miles Pottery, Storage Jar, c. 1860.
Thomas Day, Bedstead, 1853.
Inscribed "When you fill this jar with pork or beef / Scot will be there to get a piece - Dave" Edgefield County, South Carolina.











Thomas Jefferson enslaved more than 600 people over his lifetime, including his wife's half sister, Sally Hemings (who was 25 years younger than Martha). Sally and Martha's father was the slave trader John Wayles. Sally (who was an infant at the time of Wayles' death) and her siblings were given to Martha as part of an inheritance.

Curiously, Sally Hemings and her brother James accompanied Jefferson's youngest daughter to London and Paris in 1784. At this time, Thomas Jefferson and Sally may have entered into a concentual intimate relationship when she was just 16 years old, and he was 46. Jefferson was working in Paris as the U.S. envoy to France, where slavery had been made illegal. Sally became pregnant and returned to the U.S. with Jefferson in 1789. Hemings would have six children, and in 1997, a genetic link to Jefferson's recognized descendents was found with one of her boys. It is generally assumed today that Jefferson fathered all six of Sally Heming's children, four of whom survived into adulthood.


Harriet Hemings Jefferson in 1926 & 1934











"True art is the development of the sentiments and principles of the human soul–natural objects being the medium of illustration"


Robert S. Duncanson, Landscape Mural, 1850 - 1852, The Belmont (now Taft Museum of Art), Cincinnati.
Robert S. Duncanson, Uncle Tom and Little Eva, 1853.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852





















Araminta Harriet Ross with first husband John Tubman, c. 1844

Harriet Tubman, 1911











Kerry James Marshall, Still Life with Wedding Portrait, 2015.











Australian Peter Norman (silver medalist), Tommie Smith (gold medalist) and John Carlos (bronze medalist)
protesting racism and the killing of between 4 and 3,000 student protesters at the
Mexican Olympics, 1968 200 meter medal ceremony.