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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Date: 1941
Dimensions: image: 10 15/16 x 14 7/8 in. (27.8 x 37.8 cm) sheet: 13 1/8 x 17 3/8 in. (33.3 x 44.1 cm) mat: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cornelia Robinson
Label Text: Born in Mississippi and resident in New Orleans for much of his life, McCrady devoted his life to recording and interpreting the subject matter of the South. In Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, McCrady interprets the old spiritual of the same name. The scene describes the death of a resident of a small sharecropper cabin. Mourning family members gather around the bed, seen through the open doorway, while the heavenly chariot descends over the cabin itself. An angel escorts the spirit of the departed up to the chariot, seen only by the dogs that stand as silent witnesses as lower left.
Object Number: 1977/8.24
Currently not on view