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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Beauford's Portrait of a Young Man at Case Antiques Auction


A lovely Beauford Delaney portrait is being auctioned by Case Antiques in Knoxville, TN on July 14.

Portrait of a Young Man
Pastel on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The portrait is dated 1938:

Portrait of a Young Man - signature
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

During that year, Beauford had one-man shows at the 8th Street Playhouse in NYC and the Gallery C in Washington, D.C., which, according to the biography Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney, consisted primarily of portraits.

The famous Life Magazine photo of Beauford at the 1938 Washington Square outdoor show in NYC portrays him sitting in front of several portraits.

Beauford at Washington Square Outdoor Show - 1938
Image from Life Magazine
Photographer not identified in photo caption*

Perhaps Beauford created Portrait of a Young Man for one of these events.

The pastel portrait is being auctioned as Lot Number 574. The low estimate for acquisition is $5,000.00. The high estimate is $7,000.00.

For more information about the sale, visit the Case Antiques Web page for the July 14 Auction.

*Fair use claimed for the reprinting of this image.