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Object Name Painting
Title The Hemp Brake
Catalog Number 1941.21
Creator Major, S.I.M.
Date 1850
Material(s) Gouche on paper;
Dimensions H-21.25 W-26.188 D-1 inches
Description This gouche drawing entitled "The Hemp Brake" depicts the process of making fiber out of hemp. In the foreground African Americans use hemp brakes and rail fences to break the stalk of the plant. While others load the broken hemp into the mule driven carding machine. An ox carts bring more hemp from the field of shocks depicted in the mid-range. People wearing in suits and dresses are interspersed among the workers indicating a social event. A large brick home with several out buildings is depicted in the background.
Notes Attributed to Samuel I.M. Major (1830-1886) editor of The Yoeman and Mayor of Frankfort (1868-70, 1879-80)
Collection Mrs. S. I. M. Major Collection
People Major, S.I.M.
Subjects Paintings
Agricultural laborers
Agricultural machinery & implements
Search Terms Slavery
hemp production
hemp break
hemp brake
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS