Edward Mitchell Bannister

National Portrait Gallery

Edward Mitchell Bannister

Artist
Gustine L. Hurd, 04 Sep 1833 - 01 Oct 1910
Sitter
Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828 - 19 Jan 1901
Exhibition Label
Edward Mitchell Bannister became one of the first African American painters to gain national recognition when his landscape Under the Oaks won a first prize at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (1876). Almost entirely self-taught, Bannister began his career in the 1850s in Boston, where he enjoyed the patronage of that city's substantial black community. He was also a committed abolitionist who continued to advocate for African American rights after the Civil War. When Bannister settled in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1869, his reputation grew as his landscapes and coastal views were exhibited more widely. His name proved unfamiliar, however, to the Centennial Exposition judges, who tried to withhold his prize upon discovering that he was African American. When the other artists threatened to withdraw from the competition if Bannister was denied his medal, the original award was upheld.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Sandra and Jacob Terner
c. 1880
Object number
NPG.76.66
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 14.5 × 10.3 cm (5 11/16 × 4 1/16")
Mount: 16.5 × 10.8 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/4")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
Place
United States\Rhode Island\Providence\Providence
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Interior
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Photographic format\Cabinet card
Edward Mitchell Bannister: Male
Edward Mitchell Bannister: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.76.66
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4604aeb1f-9ec7-47c9-a9f3-4ad65c2e35e0