32c "The Westwood Children" stamp

United States Postal Service1998-08-27

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

Joshua Johnson, active between 1796 and 1824, is believed to be the first professional African-American painter. Largely self-taught, he was likely aware of C. W. Peale’s work in Baltimore, but developed his own style of colorful patterns and clearly outlined figures, exemplified in “The Westwood Children”, ca. 1807.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Reference: inscription on back of stamp

This stamp was one of the "Four Centuries of American Art" commemorative stamps issued on August 27, 1998, in Santa Clara, California. The pane features twenty American paintings. An inscription on the back of each stamp describes the painting and artist.

Scott Catalogue USA: 3236h

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Museum ID: 2000.2021.162


  • Title: 32c "The Westwood Children" stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1998-08-27
  • Subject Keywords: Joshua Johnson
  • Medium: paper; ink; adhesive

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