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Famiglia di Schiavi Negri di Loango
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plate 1; vol. 4, following p. 6
etching, hand coloring
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Family of black slaves including a father, mother, and two children. Also includes baskets of fish and fruits and vegetables being carried on adults slaves' heads, spindle, tobacco pipe, and tattoos. Adult male slave is branded with the initials ISS.
Stedman, John Gabriel, 1744-1797
[Narrative of a five years' expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam. Italian] Viaggio al Surinam e nell' interno della Guiana ...
Source place of publication:
Dalla tipografia di Giambattista Sonzogno
The Kingdom of Loango was an African state whose territory is now primarily in the Republic of the Congo. In the nineteenth century, it prospered because of the slave trade.Stedman, a member of the Scots Brigade in the Netherlands, went to Surinam to help repress a revolt of former slaves. His book, translated into six languages, describes, among other things, the cruel treatment of slaves in that colony.His book was originally illustrated by William Blake, Francesco Bartolozzi, and others; those illustrations have been copied and slightly reinterpreted by the illustrator of this edition. The text of this edition is based on the 1798 French edition.The artist could be Cristoforo dall'Acqua, Austrian printmaker and draftsman, 1734-1787.Cf. John Stedman, Narrative, of a five years' expedition, ... London, 1796 (06944-64).
Acquired in 1920.
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©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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