Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of a slave, penned this tribute to Whittier in honor of the 38 years Whittier’s pen fought slavery. Whittier’s My Soul and I describes a life of humility before God and disposition toward the oppressed. I drew his portrait with that poem. The plain monochromatic tones represent the simplicity of his Quaker upbringing.
Risking reproach, I dismantled a volume of Whittier’s poems, reasoning that the beautiful book would be enjoyed and appreciated under glass by more people than wrapped in a pillow case in my bottom drawer.
John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.
|Title||Dunbar, on Whittier|
|Author of Text/Poet||Paul Laurence Dunbar, John Greenleaf Whittier|
|Medium/ Materials||Sumi, walnut and gold inks on archival mat board, leather cover, linen gauze and headband of book (circa 1870)|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||14 x 18 inches|