Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher, the theatrical Congregationalist pastor of Brooklyn's Plymouth Church and a powerful antislavery orator (and the brother of Hamet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin), has been criticized by modern historians for convincing a wide national audience that abolition should be achieved gradually through the Christianization of African-American slaves, Despite his avoidance of radical abolitionist measures, his oratory nevertheless remained a powerful wartime force. He offered the following indictment of the complicity of New Yorkers in the practice of slavery: "We clothe ourselves with the cotton which the slave tills . . . It is you and I that wear the shirt and consume the luxury. Our looms and our factories are largely built on the slave's bones. We live on his labor."
- Artist: George Augustus Baker Jr., American, 1821-1880
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1874
- Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 25 1/8in. (76.5 x 63.8cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "G.A. Baker / 1874"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1999.54.1
- Credit Line: Gift of the American Art Council
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Augustus Baker Jr. (American, 1821-1880). Henry Ward Beecher, 1874. Oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 25 1/8in. (76.5 x 63.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council, 1999.54.1
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)