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Martin Luther King, Jr.

John Wilson (American, 1922–2015), Printed by James Stroud (American, born in 1958)


Sheet: 91.4 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft and hard ground etching with spit bite aquatint, scraping, and burnishing

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



Spit bite aquatint added in this state

At this point in the development of the plate, Wilson introduced aquatint, a process that allows for areas of continuous tone. When printed, these areas appear like gray wash (clearly visible in the torso and the wing-like shadow at upper right). The initial application of aquatint shrouded King’s head in deep shadow.


Lower right in graphite pencil: Wilson 02
Lower right in graphite pencil: 9


Blindstamped at lower left -- chop of Jim Stroud


Center Street Studio (Milton, MA); from whom purchased by MFA, 14 December 2005.

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund and Living New England Artists Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation


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