Sherry, Sir.
 Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1823-1903

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Title:Sherry, Sir

"The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. -- Matthew 23:11-12

Thomas Waterman Wood spent time during the Civil War and shortly thereafter in the upper South of Nashville, TN, and Kentucky. During his stay, he made a number of sketches of African-Americans, and upon his return to the Northeast, he developed these into insightful works of the life of the freed slave. This painting of an African-American domestic, a generation after emancipation, was one of several works on the theme of the American household in the boom times of the late 1880's and early 1890's, especially in the Northeast. Ironically, she is serving, serving in freedom, a paradox that engages the viewer.
Artist:Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1823-1903
Building:Detroit Institute of Arts
Country:United States

Scripture:Matthew 23:1-12
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Psalm 86
Lectionary links:AProp26
General Subject:Servants

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Attribution:Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1823-1903. Sherry, Sir, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 25, 2018]. Original source:
Record Number:54276 Last Updated: 2017-01-27 08:47:38 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:33:52
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition