Let others boast of maidens fair,
Of eyes of blue and golden hair;
My heart like a needle ever true
Turns to the maid of ebon hue.
I love her form of matchless grace,
The dark brown beauty of her face,
Her lips that speak of love’s delight,
Her eyes that gleam as stars at night.
O’er marble Venus let them rage
Who set the fashions of the age;
Each to his taste; but as for me,
My Venus shall be ebony.
The Ebon Venus 2021
18 x 24 inches
Charcoal and Pastel on Archival Inkjet Print
The Ebon Venus 1890
The New York Age Newspaper
Lewis Howard Latimer
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