London: J.S. Virtue & Co. Ltd, Ca. 1850. A steel engraving with the title, "The Negro" of the head and upper torso of a man, in a circular shape. Additional page of text describes, "In the London Royal Academy Exhibition of 1845 appeared a picture which we suspect is identical with the "Negro," though it was entered in the catalogue as "A Study from Nature." 'The expression of the head is characteristically true to the Negro race, while there is nothing in it which can call up the remotest idea that the artist has done anything beyond depicting the features and bearing of a noble specimen of a real man.'
J.S. Virtue made a career of publishing fine illustrations of the great galleries and popular illustrated works.
10.5 x 14.5" with a little light foxing and tidemark on lower left corner, not affecting image. Good + overall. Item #25724