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Clarence Muse Composing “Sleepy Time Down South” - c. 1940, Linocut.
Edition small. Signed and titled in pencil. Signed with the artist's monogram in the matrix, lower right. Numbered 9 in the top left sheet corner, verso.
Image size 10 1/4 x 7 5/16 inches (260 x 186 mm); sheet size 12 x 9 inches (305 x 229 mm).
A fine, back impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (11/16 to 7/8 inch). Repaired creases in the top left and bottom left sheet corners, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.
A pioneer in the 'black theatre' movement and the first African-American to star in a film, composer, writer, actor and director, Clarence Muse (1889-1979), was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall Of Fame in 1973.