Bill Traylor

1854 - 1949
Draftsman, Painter
Origin: United States
Born: April 1, 1854, Benton, Alabama
Died: October 23, 1949, Montgomery, Alabama

Bill Traylor was born a slave on the George Hartwell Traylor plantation about 35 miles outside Montgomery, AL. After the Civil War, Traylor stayed on the plantation working the land. In 1935 at the age of 82, Traylor left the farm and moved to Montgomery where he worked in a shoe factory until he was forced to quit because of his rheumatism. It was at this time that he began to do pencil drawings on cardboard. Sketching animals and people, Traylor drew the images that he saw on lively Monroe Street in Montgomery.

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Brown Rabbit
c. 1940, Pencil and Gouache on Cardboard
Bill Traylor
United States, 1854 - 1949