Black History Month 2017 – Life Through Art – Post 2

Welcome back!  Today we are talking about Scipio Moorhead.  He was the earliest significant Black fine artist.  Moorhead was born in 1773 and was a slave who was owned by Reverand John Moorhead from Boston.

Moorhead was most famous for being commissioned by Phyllis Wheatley to paint a portrait of her that she used as the frontispiece to all her books.

Phillis Wheatley by Scipio Moorhead (c. 1773):

Phyllis Wheatley, who was the first African American to publish a book of poems, dedicated her poem “To S.M., a young African Painter, on seeing his Works” in her book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

For more information on Scipio Moorhead look at the links or book below:

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