William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Profile View of Young African-American Man with Foot on Chair, 1881

Courtesy of the owner

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Charcoal drawing on paper, irregular dimensions
Private Collection


The well-dressed young man seems to be drawing, raising the intriguing possibility that this might be a portrait of Henry Ossawa Tanner, whose attendance at the Pennsylvania Academy coincided with some of the time that Trego spent there.


The sketch is one of several rescued by Walter E. Baum from Trego’s studio after his death. It passed to Baum’s son, Robert “Bert” Baum, and from him to the current owner.


Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."


The paper is discolored and brittle. There are losses along the edges, particularly on the bottom.

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