Barber Shop, Richmond, Virginia, 1853


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This record was last updated on 17 Dec 2009

Image Reference
ILN207

Source
The Illustrated London News (March 9,1861), vol. 38, p. 207. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "A Barber's Shop at Richmond, Virginia." The accompanying article (p. 216) says nothing about this scene. The original eyewitness drawing was done by the English artist Eyre Crowe who visited Richmond for a few days in early March 1853. Crowe also published this engraving, titled, An American Barber, Richmond, Va, in his book With Thackeray in America (New York, 1893), p. 139; however, the scene is not described and it is unknown if the black barber was enslaved or free.