Black 400’er Edwin Harleston


Edwin Harleston is the scion of of an old middle class Charlestonian family, who despite being constrained by his duty to his family, still managed, to be accomplished enough to be described by W.E.B DuBois as  “the leading portrait painter of the race”.

“[I want to paint] our varied lives and types with the classic technique and the truth, not caricatures,” he wrote. “To do the dignified portrait and take the picturesque composition of arrangements or scenes, showing the thousand and one interests of our group.” – Edwin Harleston




Miss Bailey in an African shawl.


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