Toussaint L'Ouverture

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Jacob Lawrence

As a young boy, Jacob Lawrence was confused and frustrated by the palpable absence of black leaders and history figures in his school lessons.  While attending an after school program at the Utopia Children’s House in Harlem, Lawrence finally learned of such great figures as Toussaint L’Overture, Harriet Tubman and John Brown.  In 1938, while working for the WPA Easel project, Lawrence had his opportunity and executed his first major series, Toussaint L’Overture.  Finding the story much too complex for one image, Lawrence devised forty-one separate panels.  This series attracted a lot of attention for the young artist and was shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Negro Exhibition in Chicago.  Lawrence believed strongly that these stories should be told, not only as a part of black history, but as key moments in human history.

Between 1986 and 1997, Lawrence revisited his famous L’Ouverture series and reimagined it in print form.  Working with Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C, fifteen of the fort-one scenes were translated into silk screen prints and published by Amistad Research Center in New Orleans and Spradling Ames in Key West.

*PLEASE NOTE* the descriptions listed below each subject are those given to the works by Jacob Lawrence himself when he painted the original series in 1938.

 

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

The Birth of Toussaint L'Ouverture

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1986
Edition : 36/100
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L86-1
Size: 28-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches
Description: The birth of Toussaint L'Ouverture, May 20, 1743. Both of Toussaint's parents were slaves.
Stock Number: 46666
Price: $8000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

The Coachman

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1990
Edition : 5/99
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L90-4
Size: 28-1/4 x 18-3/8 inches
Description: In early manhood his seemingly good nature won for him the coachmanship for Bayou de Libertas, 1763. His job as coachman gave him time to think about how to fight slavery. During this period, he taught himself to read and to write.
Stock Number: 46665
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

Strategy

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1994
Edition : 120/120
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L94-4
Size: 18-1/2 x 28-5/8 inches
Description: The blacks were led by three chiefs, Jean Francois, Biassou, and Jeannot; Toussaint serving as aide-de-camp to Biassou.
Stock Number: 46659
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

Dondon

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1992
Edition : 54/124
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L92-2
Size: 18-3/8 x 28-1/4 inches
Description: Toussaint captured Dondon, a city int he center of Haiti, 1795.
Condition: Small crease in printed area on bottom edge.
Stock Number: 46657
Price: $6500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

The Capture

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1987
Edition : 32/120
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L87-2
Size: 28-3/8 x 18-1/2 inches
Description: Toussaint captured Marmelade, held by Vernet, a mulatto, 1795.
Stock Number: 46667
Price: $7500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

General Toussaint L'Ouverture

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1986
Edition : 51/100
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L86-2
Size: 28-3/8 x 18-1/2 inches
Description: General Toussaint L'Ouverture, Statesman and military genius, esteemed by the Spaniards, feared by the English, dreaded by the French, hated by the planters, and reverenced by the Blacks.
Condition: Small, circular cockle on right shoulder of figure.
Stock Number: 46663
SOLD

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

L'Ouverture (The Opener)

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1997
Edition : 110/125
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L97-5
Size: 18-3/4 x 28-3/4 inches
Description: General Toussaint L'Ouverture attached the English at Artibonite and there captured two towns.
Stock Number: 46656
Price: $7500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

The March

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1995
Edition : 105/120
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L95-2
Size: 18 x 28 inches
Description: General L’Ouverture collected forces at Marmelade, and on October the 9th, 1794, left with 500 men to capture San Miguel.
Stock Number: 46658
Price: $6500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (General L’Ouverture collected forces at Marmelade, and on October the 9th, 1794, left with 500 men to capture San Miguel.)

St. Marc

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1994
Edition : 3/120
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L94-3
Size: 28-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches
Description: On March 24, he captured Mirebalois.
Stock Number: 46662
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917 - 2000)

Contemplation

Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1993
Edition : Artist's Proof, 7/14; regular edition of 120
Signature: Signed in pencil
References: Nesbett L93-2
Size: 28-3/8 x 18-1/2 inches
Description: Returning to private life as the commander and chief of the army, he saw to it that the country was well taken care of, and Haiti returned to prosperity. During this important period, slavery was abolished, and attention focused upon agricultural pursuits.
Stock Number: 45903
Price: $7500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

Flotilla

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1996
Edition : 115/120
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L96-6
Size: 18-3/4 x 28-7/8 inches
Description: Napoleon’s troops under Leclerc arrive at the shores of Haiti.
Stock Number: 46653
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

The Burning

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1997
Edition : 61/125
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L97-4
Size: 18-1/2 x 29 inches
Description: Henri Christoph, rather than surrender to LeClerc, sets fire to La Cape. Christoph, one of Toussaint’s aides, sent word that the French were in Haitian waters - that he had held them off as long as possible.
Condition: Small scratch in printed area upper left.
Stock Number: 46660
Price: $6500.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

Toussaint at Ennery

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1989
Edition : 35/99
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L89-3
Size: 18-5/8 x 29 inches
Description: Toussaint defeats Napoleon's troops at Ennery.
Stock Number: 46654
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

Deception

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Rising two ply rag paper
Year: 1997
Edition : 99/125
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L97-3
Size: 18-1/2 x 28-3/4 inches
Description: During the truce Toussiant was deceived and arrested by Leclerc, Leclerc felt that with Toussaint out of the way, the Blacks would surrender.
Stock Number: 46655
Price: $7000.00

Toussaint L

Jacob Lawrence American (1917–2000)

To Preserve Their Freedom

Series: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Medium: Silk screen on Bainbridge two ply rag paper
Year: 1988
Edition : 46/99
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Lou Stovall, master printer at Workshop Inc., Washington D.C
Publisher: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling Ames, Key West
References: Nesbett L88-2
Size: 18-1/2 x 28-3/4 inches
Description: Napoleon’s attempt to restore slavery in Haiti was unsuccessful. Desalines, Chief of the Blacks, defeated LeClerc. Black men, women and children took up arms to preserve their freedom.
Condition: Faint scratch in printed area of right grey region. Scratch in printed area mid left on grass.
Stock Number: 46661
Price: $6500.00