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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This sensitive portrayal of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was made in preparation for a bronze bust, commissioned for the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. by the National Endowment for the Arts and installed there in 1986. Wilson aimed to create an idealization of King,...

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Signed

Lower right: [copyright sign] Wilson 1985

Provenance

Artist; purchased by MFA, June 1997.

Credit Line

Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift

Copyright

© John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York , NY

1985

Dimensions

Sheet: 55.7 x 52.9 cm (21 15/16 x 20 13/16 in.) Framed: 74 x 74 cm (29 1/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1997.102

Medium or Technique

Black and white pastel on paper

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