Landmark work on display at Art Institute

August 20, 2008 3:14:37 PM PDT
The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired a landmark britIsh painting that has not been seen in public for 180 years.The painting is called "The Captive Slave." It was done in 1827 by British portraitist John Philip Simpson when the controversy over slavery in Britain was at its height. That same year, the British parliament declared participation in the slave trade to be punishable by death.

The Art Institute purchased the painting from a London gallery The painting has now been refurbished and reinstalled as part of a renovation program at the Art Institute.


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