© Jerry Pinkney. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Variant of or study for the cover of The Old African
Date: 2005
Medium: Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 11 3/4 × 9 3/4 in. (29.8 × 24.8 cm) frame: 19 1/4 × 17 1/4 in. (48.9 × 43.8 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover, The Old African by Julius Lester (New York, Dial Press, 2005)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2018
Object Number: 2018-10
About: This watercolor is a cover study for the children’s book The Old African. In a tale that interweaves mythology and history, the title character uses both spiritual powers and defiance to lead his fellow enslaved people on a magical journey across the ocean to their African homes. The ships in the background are reminiscent of Howard Pyle's pirate vessel in Attack On a Galleon (the adjacent) Peggy H. Woolard Howard Pyle gallery.
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