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Researchers Are on the Hunt for Missing Jacob Lawrence Panels

Jacob Lawrence, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country. —Thomas Paine, 1776, panel 7, 1956, of the series "Struggle...From the History of the American People" by Jacob Lawrence, 1954–56. Egg tempera on hardboard, 12 x 15 1⁄2 inches.RENEE AND CHAIM GROSS FOUNDATION, NEW YORK/©JACOB AND GWENDOLYN KNIGHT LAWRENCE FOUNDATION, SEATTLE/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

Jacob Lawrence, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country. —Thomas Paine, 1776, panel 7, 1956, of the series “Struggle…From the History of the American People” by Jacob Lawrence, 1954–56. Egg tempera on hardboard, 12 x 15 1⁄2 inches.

RENEE AND CHAIM GROSS FOUNDATION, NEW YORK/©JACOB AND GWENDOLYN KNIGHT LAWRENCE FOUNDATION, SEATTLE/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

Over at the Magazine Antiques, which is owned by the same company as ARTnews, Elizabeth Hutton Turner has a story about scholars who are currently looking to unite the 30 panels that make up Jacob Lawrence’s “Struggle” series, which takes a look at moments of conflict in American history. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is aiming to present the entire body of work for the first time since 1958, but there is a problem: no one knows where five of the paintings are, and there are no photos of two of them.

For the full story of how these works disappeared from public view, head to TMA’s website. Also, please take a look at the extant photographs, and reach out to family members, lovers and ex-lovers, and acquaintances to ask if they have one of the works in question.

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