Fredrick Jordan, 2018 $2500 AUD

Kristone Capistrano Exhibition Melbourne Forgotten Faces Art

Fredrick Jordan, 2018
Charcoal, black pastel and scratching on Fabriano paper; 178 x 150 cm
$ 2600 AUD
Signed on verso

Exhibited as part of the Forgotten Faces exhibition, this portrait of Fredrick Jordan is an example of those obscure ethnic ‘convicts’ or criminals present in late Colonial Australia. Fredrick was an American citizen from an African American slave family in Maryland. Prior to the abolition of slavery, many escaped slaves fled to ports such as Melbourne. Frederick work on the docks as a call pumper and had the reputation as a hard industrious worker. He was convicted for the alcohol fueled murder of his lover Minnie Hicks. Prior to his execution, Jordan is recorded to have admitted regretting not heeding his mother’s advice not to “keep straight”.

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