Lieutenant Thomas Grosvenor (1744–1825) and “Servant” (probably Asaba, an Enslaved Man) Artist: John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843)

ca. 1797

American Paintings and Sculpture

Not on view

Oil on wood


15 × 11 5/8 in. (38.1 × 29.5 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Thomas A. Foster, Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men, eds. Daina Ramey Berry and Jennifer L. Morgan (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2019), 104, fig. 12
  • Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art: From the American Revolution to World War I, eds. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Karen C. Dalton, IV (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), 26, fig. 11
  • Peter A. Dorsey, Common Bondage: Slavery as Metaphor in Revolutionary America (Knoxville, Tenn: University of Tennessee Press, 2009), Cover, ill
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 51, pl. 6
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