The pipe of freedom, a painting dating back to 1869

The “Pipe of Freedo” was created in 1869 by Thomas Stuart Smith, is currently on display at the Stirling Smith Museum of Art, in central Scotland.

The subject of the painting is the abolition of slavery in the United States, as it depicts a man who was a slave, but he is now free to drink a pipe just like a gentleman, according to the British Guardian website.

Art experts believe that “Smith” the owner of the painting was living in London at that time, and if we look at the brick wall behind him, we see more than just a picture, there is a political statement, a poster on the wall announcing the sale of slaves, but this poster is completed Covered by the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, issued on January 1, 1863, which says: “All persons who are held as slaves, henceforth, must be free.”

Smith submitted his painting to the Royal Academy for its 1869 exhibition, but it was rejected for political reasons, and instead, the painting was hung in supplementary display alongside other works the Academy deemed inappropriate.