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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, burnishing, and abrasion, final state printed with rétroussage on chine collé

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



This impression printed with rétroussage on chine collé

The finished plate was printed in an edition of fifty impressions. During the printing of the edition, a tissue-thin sheet of Japanese Mulberry paper was adhered to the white backing sheet, lending the portrait an added warmth and humanity.


In graphite, l.l.: 43/50; l.r.: Wilson 02


Blindstamped at lower left -- chop of Jim Stroud


Center Street Studio (Milton, MA); 2005, sold by Center Street Studio to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 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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