WWE; Walter W. Ellison/Card Player/Monotype - oil - 6" x 9"/Walter W. Ellison [signature]/535 E. 46 PL. Chgo, ILL; Card-Players (Monotype)
Seven people seated around round table, at left, playing cards in bare room with stove at right. All figures turn their heads to look at black cat arching its back at its own shadow.
With a life shrouded in mystery and a small body of work, African American painter Walter Ellison's socially conscious depictions of daily life are rarely seen in surveys of Depression-era Chicago art.