A Portrayal of Negro Life.

Twenty-Seven Character Portraits

Twenty-seven portraits of idealized black Americans, one a self portrait of Cooper himself. Each portrait is displayed full-page in black-and-white, reproduced from the original artwork, titled, and with a brief accompanying essay describing the painting. “Mammy,” “The Vanishing Washerwoman,” “A Negro Woman Gazing Into the Future,” “A Negro Business Executive,” “A Negro Woman in the Field of Elementary Education” are example portraits within that Cooper executed, titled, and wrote about. His self-portrait is the last painting in the book, and he is profiled over 4-pages by Walter Spearman.

“William Arthur Cooper, black preacher, lawyer, and artist, painted the portraits of Negro field hands, domestic servants, children, religious and civic leaders and business executives. As a member of the North Carolina Interracial Commission, Cooper made a good will tour to colleges and universities in North Carolina where he exhibited his portraits and lectures on art and black culture.” —William Arthur Cooper papers, 1918-1941 finding aid.¹

Description: A Portrayal of Negro Life.

Durham, North Carolina: Division of Cooperation in Education and Race Relations, 1936. xi, [1], 110pp. First Edition. 8vo., publisher’s cloth in original, with some chipping, glassine. Binding bright and clean; no ownership markings within. Tiny cloth split to rear joint; fore-edge with foxing; majority of pages cockled; good.


Note. 1. William Arthur Cooper papers, 1918-1941 accessed online.

Price: $40.00