Harry Hutchinson Shaw (Florida/Louisiana/Ohio/Mexico, 1897-1989)
watercolor on paper
Two Florida rural country town scenes, one depicting a street with Fish Market and two African American children; the other depicting a produce stand and frame house with African American male figure. Both pencil signed lower right and one dated “’41”.
Possibly portraits of Eatonville Florida, the first all-black city to be incorporated in Florida, established by former slaves in 1887 two decades after the Civil War ended.
Why we love it: Eatonville was the home of Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God. These paintings bring to life this remarkable town.