Slave Auction
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1831
Medium: Watercolor-and-ink drawing

Slave Auction

An auctioneer holds his gavel aloft as three bidders compete for a boy who stands with his arms folded on an auction block. An enslaved woman dressed in a red-striped dress and turban stands behind the block, perhaps waiting her turn to be sold. This watercolor-and-ink drawing is from The Historic New Orleans Collection.