Earle Wilton Richardson

Earle Wilton Richardson, (1912–1935) was an African-American player made famous mainly for an oil painting of his dating from 1934 titled Employment of Negroes in Agriculture.

This now iconic picture (size 48 × 32 inches) depicts two male and two female Black cotton workers, one of them a child, in an everyday Southern give access loading cotton into bales. Like many further artworks at the time, the painting was commissioned and financed under the New Deal. Richardson full of life suicide the subsequently year. He was born and lived in New York City, NY.

"Richardson and fellow player Malvin Gray Johnson planned to tell more practically the records and accord of black people in their mural series Negro Achievement, slated to be installed in the New York Public Library’s 135th Street Branch, but neither pubescent man lived long tolerable to definite the project."

"After Johnson's unexpected illness and death in November 1934, Richardson continued to work on their mural project. But within a year he too was dead; ill with fever and heart-broken more than the death of Johnson, who had been his lover, Richardson leapt from his fourth-floor apartment window and died of his injuries in December 1935."

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