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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Canada Lee as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As he appears in the text:

“Canada Lee starred in Orson Welles’s all-black production of Macbeth, which one of James Baldwin’s teachers took him to see. It had a lasting impact. Canada also played Bigger Thomas in the stage version of Richard Wright’s Native Son in New York in 1941, also under Orson Welles’s direction. Canada’s longtime lover, Caresse Crosby, brought her friend Anaïs Nin to see the production.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎