Painting shows group of thirteen white gentlemen gathered at a slave market and three negro women and four negro men are shown. Outdoor setting; white men all in suits and hats; sign on wall far left: Run A Way/George/To be sold by auction.
The subject of this painting is George, identified by a posted sign as a runaway slave. If captured, runaway slaves were often sold as a form of punishment. Slave dealers and other slaves, perhaps members of his own family, surround him.