Primitive painting depicting three sailboats in the foreground, and figures sitting around tables and standing on a lawn in the middle ground, with two houses in the background.
The Famous Picnic at Val Kil documents the racially integrated picnic at which President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, entertained the King and Queen of England at their estate in Hyde Park, New York on a Sunday afternoon on June 11, 1939. Many believed the Roosevelt administration introduced equal opportunities for minorities, and for many the picnic at Val Kil symbolizes the beginning of equal rights. As an African American woman living during the Roosevelt presidency, Anne Murfee Allen undoubtedly found particular significance in the event at Val Kil.
ON VERSO. Inscribed in pencil, bottom right corner: 2002/1.186 + Incribed in teal marker, center: BY Mark Anthony Mulligan / 25 minutes job / acrylics paint / July 9th, 1991 / TITLE / Mulligan's Railroad
ON RECTO. Signed in paint, lower right corner: 'BY THE LIGHT / OF THE MOON' PJ91 + ON VERSO. Inscribed on frame backing in black marker: _ PJ1991 + Affixed on back, top left: Eldred Wheeler business card
ON RECTO. Signed in black paint, bottom center: Jim Suddth + ON VERSO. Inscribed in blue ink on white label, affixed top center: 876 Jimmy Lee Sudduth / UNTITLED PAINTED FRAME with figure / mud/paint on wood + Inscribed in blue ink on small white label, top center: I 54
ON RECTO. Signed in black paint, bottom left corner: MOSET [the "S" is painted in reverse] + ON VERSO. Inscribed in black marker, center top: SELF PORTRAIT + Lumber stamps appear, bottom center to bottom right + Inscribed in black ink on white label, top center: I66
81.3 cm x 40.6 cm x 0.64 cm (32 in. x 16 in. x 1/4 in.)
ON RECTO. Text painted in white, starting at bottom left corner and proceeding clockwise around the edge of work: DO YOU JUST STUFF FOOD iN YOUR MOUTH AND NEVER SAY THANK YOU LORD NOW + Text painted in white, running left to right along bottom edge: PROPHET WU BLACKMON. DUMB GREETY DOES NIVER EET ENOUGTH.