Pastoral Visit, Virginia.
 Brooke, Richard Norris, 1847-1920

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Title:Pastoral Visit, Virginia
Notes:Richard Norris Brooke was an American artist known for portraying African American subjects in his genre pieces. His depictions were not caricatures, but rather sympathetic portraits, in contrast to many of his contemporaries. Pastoral Visit, Viriginia shows a pastor being welcomed by a kind and humble family for a Sunday dinner at their house. The mother serves the pastor as the children and father sit patiently. The father guards the cigar box, which traditionally held the congregation’s offering for the pastor that Sunday. On the chair between the father and pastor lies a banjo, perhaps for a bit of after-dinner entertainment. The faithful and loving service of this family does not go unnoticed as they practice “what is right” according to the ways of the Lord (Ps. 25:9).
Artist:Brooke, Richard Norris, 1847-1920
Building:National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Country:United States

Scripture:Ephesians 1:11-23
Psalm 25:1-10
Lectionary links:ARegn
General Subject:Wisdom
Culture: African American
Culture: Black

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Attribution:Brooke, Richard Norris, 1847-1920. Pastoral Visit, Virginia, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 19, 2024]. Original source:,_Virgina,_by_Richard_Norris_Brooke,_1881_-_Corcoran_Gallery_of_Art_-_DSC01173.JPG.
Record Number:57807 Last Updated: 2022-04-28 14:29:25 Record Created: 2020-07-25 14:07:40
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition