Author: Eyre Crowe


Chapter IV; an excerpt from With Thackeray in America by Eyre Crowe (1893)

In the fourth chapter of With Thackeray in America (1893), the British artist Eyre Crowe describes his travels to Virginia, South Carolina, and New York in 1852 and 1853. Crowe was serving as the personal secretary to the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, who was on a six-month lecture tour. While attending a slave auction in Richmond, Crowe sketched and later painted the scene, calling it Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia .


“Sketches in the Free and Slave States of America” by Eyre Crowe (September 27, 1856)

In “Sketches in the Free and Slave States of America,” published on September 27, 1856, in the Illustrated London News, Eyre Crowe describes his travels in the United States with the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray in 1852 and 1853. Paying special attention to the differences between the cultures of free and slave states, the article also includes illustrations by Crowe, including Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia, which Crowe would later paint.