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Study for The Thankful Poor

Henry Ossawa Tanner

DuSable Museum of African American History

DuSable Museum of African American History

Oil on canvas study for Tanner’s 1894 painting, The Thankful Poor. At a table covered by a white tablecloth sit two African American figures in profile, one an elderly, bearded man and the other a boy. Both bow their heads, seemingly in prayer; the older man clasps his hands in front of his face. On the table are three empty white plates, along with a few more vaguely delineated items behind them in the background.

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