Detail View: JCB Archive of Early American Images: [Death of female slave on St. Christopher]

Accession number: 
68-598
Record number: 
68-598-11
JCB call number: 
E775 R274h / 1-SIZE
Image title: 
[Death of female slave on St. Christopher]
Creator 1: 
C. P. Marillier
Creator 1 role: 
invenit.
Place image published: 
[Geneva]
Image date: 
[1775]
Image function: 
illustration; vol. 3, p. 1
Technique: 
engraving
Image dimension height: 
5.9 cm.
Image dimension width: 
13 cm.
Page dimension height: 
25.8 cm.
Page dimension width: 
19.2 cm.
Materials medium: 
ink
Materials support: 
paper
Description: 
A black female (slave) dies with a knife in her torso. Her body is supported by a black male slave, and another black male slave holds a knife in his hand. A black slave runs toward them.
Source creator: 
Raynal, abbé (Guillaume-Thomas-François), 1713-1796
Source Title: 
Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes ... Tome troisieme.
Source place of publication: 
Geneve [Geneva]
Source publisher: 
Chez les libraires associés
Source date: 
M. DCC. LXXV. [1775]
notes: 
Text tells the story of two slaves who had been friends since childhood and who fell in love with the same slave woman. After a long period of emotional suffering, they stabbed the woman and then killed themselves. Perhaps an allegory for the division of the island of St. Christopher [Saint Kitts] between France and England. Raynal, an Enlightenment philosopher, wrote of the horrors of slavery in the colonies.
Time Period: 
1751-1800
Provenance/Donor: 
Acquired in 1968.
Owner and copyright: 
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Subject Area: 
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Subject headings: 
Slavery