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This original drawing is Delia, Daughter of a Slave. It is derived from an amazing series of daguerrotypes taken by South Carolina photographer J. T. Zealy (1812-1893) in 1850.

All history tells us about this woman, Delia, is that she was a slave and her father was a slave named Renty who was taken from the Congo. When I first saw her image I was transfixed by her eyes. In them I see the resignation and pain of a life of misery and sorrow but still her face shines with dignity and a delicate beauty.

This piece is from my "Just a Number" series. Most of these are derived from vintage mug shots or prison ID photos. I find the people in these photos, usually identified only by a number, intriguing because they serve to remind us of our humanity, frailty, and need for redemption. We all are more than just a number.

It is drawn on a 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of acid-free Bristol board. The image size of the pencil drawing is approx. 3 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. The artwork is sealed with fixative, it is unmatted and unframed. It is signed and dated on the back and ships to you in an acid-free plastic sleeve sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. (Please note: If you are viewing the "zoomed" image of the above photo it will appear to be much grainier than it actually is. This is due pixel compression of the enlarged image.) Watermark does not appear on drawing.


The artist retains all copyright privileges and protections. Sale of artwork does not transfer copyright.

Copyright 2011 Carol Hopper

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Delia, Daughter of a Slave - Pencil Drawing - Just a Number Series

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