Printed at top center: FREDERICK DOUGLASS Signed in image, l.r.: Ben Shahn Signed and numbered in crayon, l.l.: Ben Shahn 9/250 On label on paper wrapper to suite: "Drawn especially for the Museum of African Art and the Frederick Douglas Institute for Inter-Cultural Understanding."
A man is potrayed with curly hair and beard, a stern facial expression, and a formal suit and bowtie. His head and gaze is turned to the right of the piece. The words "Frederick Douglass" borders the piece along with the artist's signatures and the screenprint number.
A square shape with a diagonal division from upper left to lower right that creates two triangle shapes within the square. The triangle areas contain 24 bands of blue color, alternating with yellow, creating a stripe effect.
This work is one of ten prints published within a portfolio, “Ten Works + Ten Painters”, commissioned by Samuel J. Wagstaff from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in 1964. This portfolio was one of the earliest to have several artists published together to make major American artists accessible to a wider audience and range of collectors. Each print in this portfolio was based on a painting the artists had previously created. Some of the artists represented, in addition to Frank Stella are, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein who were associated with the Pop and Minimalism art movements in the 1960s.