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From the Harlem series, No. 28
The Harlem Branch Library of the New York Public Library at 9 West 124th Street

Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917 - 2000

Made in United States, North and Central America


Opaque watercolor over graphite on textured cream wove paper

Sheet: 14 3/4 x 21 5/8 inches (37.5 x 54.9 cm)

© Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

A replica of this work is featured in Inside Out, a series of outdoor exhibitions throughout the region.


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This scene is one of thirty images of Harlem by the noted African American painter Jacob Lawrence. Exhibited at The Downtown Gallery, New York, in 1943, the series depicts the rich contrasts of life in that section of Manhattan during World War II, with its poverty and its amusements, its home life and its street activities.