DescriptionGeorge Washington Carver Photograph Signed "G. W. Carver" with additional signed inscription. Although George Washington Carver's professional work was exclusively in the sciences, his first course of study was in Fine Arts. As an art student he showed great talent as a painter and it was his art professor, Etta Bud, who recognized his talent for painting flowers and plants that encouraged him to study botany. While teaching at the Tuskegee Institute, he began producing paint dyes from local clays and minerals. During his work in the field, he became acquainted with local farmer Goode Chesterfield Blanks and his family. The two men, despite their racial and age differences (Carver was twenty-five years Blanks' senior), became close friends.
Measuring 3.25" x 6", Carver displays his artistic ability using paint made from clays found locally. Several trees are seen lining what seems to be a lane receding in the distance. The painting contains an array of colors including blues, reds, greens, and yellows. The art is signed by Carver at lower right. Above the painting is attached an oval, printed photograph of an older Carver. On the verso appears a signed inscription which reads: "Wishing my friends Mr. & Mrs. G. C. Blanks a very pleasant Christmas. G. W. Carver. 1934."
With blank Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead and original transmittal envelope addressed in Carver's hand. Foxing is scattered throughout, but the spots are light. Edges are toned.
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