Phyllis Wheatley - MARGARET BURROUGHS
Medium: linoleum cut
African American, (1915-2010)
Linoleum cut, 2002, edition only 4. 14 1/8 x 11 in. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in ink. This is a fine impression of this very rare work. The paper is a smooth white wove and the condition is fine. (The bottom margin is substantial but apparently trimmed.) Phyllis Wheatley was the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry. She was a slave living with the Wheatley family in Boston and
and they taught her to read and write. In 1773, she made a trip to London with Mr. Wheatley's son and she met some prominent people who became patrons of her work. George Washington admired her writing and she was emancipated by the Wheatleys after the publication of her book published in 1773.
The artist, Margaret Burroughs, both artist and writer, published several books of poetry herself in addition to her work as an educator and arts organizer.
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