Duncanson, Past and Present

Robert S. Duncanson, Untitled (Landscape), oil on canvas, late 1850s. 
Estimate: $60,000 to $90,000. At auction October 6, 2011. 

Robert S. Duncanson, whose work is currently on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, is the subject of Eve Kahn's article "Condemning Slavery with a Paintbrush" in today's New York Times. Kahn interviewed noted Duncanson expert Joseph D. Ketner II, who sets the record straight about much of the misinformation written about Duncanson over the years. Ketner has gathered 17 Duncanson works, including an Untitled (Landscape) that was sold in Swann's February 17, 2011 African-American Fine Art auction. Another untitled landscape from the late 1850s will come to auction in Swann's October 6 African-American Fine Art auction. 

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