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Print of "Saturday Night Market"

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James Amos Porter
after 1937
silver-gelatin photograph on RC paper
9 11/16 × 7 1/2 in. (24.6 × 19 cm)
This photographic reproduction of an original oil sketch several Black shoppers wearing hats and overcoats at an outdoors night market. The perspective suggests the viewer is also a member of the small crowd, standing at eye level with the figures in the scene. Additional figures are visible through a large glass window covered by a striped awning in the background. The work is dated to 1937, toward the end of the Great Depression when conditions nevertheless remained desperate for many Americans.
This work was photographed by the Scurlock Studio, an African American-run photography firm that captured many important portraits and events in Black Washington, in addition to scenes from local life and works of art by Black artists in Washington, DC. This photograph was among the records of Porter’s work kept by his daughter, who donated this and six others to the museum (2001.0003.0002, 2003.0019.0002, 2003.0019.0004, 2003.0019.0005, 2003.0019.0006, 2003.0019.0007).
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