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W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois
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Laura Wheeler Waring, 1887 - 1948
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, 23 Feb 1868 - 27 Aug 1963
before 1948
Oil on canvas
81.9 x 63.5cm (32 1/4 x 25")
Frame: 94.6 x 76.5 x 5.1cm (37 1/4 x 30 1/8 x 2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Walter Waring in memory of his wife, Laura Wheeler Waring, through the Harmon Foundation
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© Estate of Laura Wheeler Waring
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The Harmon Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City and active from (1922-1967) included this portrait in their exhibition “Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origins” which documented noteworthy African Americans’ contributions to the country. Modeling their goal of social equality, the Harmon sought portraits from an African-American artist, Laura Wheeler Waring and Euro-American artist, Betsy Graves Reyneau. The two painters followed the conventional codes of academic portraiture, seeking to convey their sitters extraordinary accomplishments. This painting, along with a variety of educational materials, toured nation-wide for ten years serving as a visual rebuttal to racism.
Walter Waring, husband of artist, gift 1967 to NPG through the Harmon Foundation.
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National Portrait Gallery
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