Marketplace, Antigua, West Indies, 1806

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Drawing by W. E. Beastall and G. Testolini; published, London,1806.

A separately published print that was apparently not part of any larger work. Shows congested market scene, mostly blacks trading, but some whites wandering through the area. The print is titled "Negroes Sunday Market at Antigua and it is dedicated to "To His Excellency The Rt Honble Lord Lavington . . . Governor and General in Chief of the Leeward Caribbee Islands, &c. &c. &c. The Sunday market was an important institution throughout the British West Indies. The image shown here was photographed from a copy located in the National Library of Jamaica, Kingston (slide of print, courtesy of Jean Howson). A copy in color was viewed by Handler in the Barbados Government House (residence of the island's Governor General) in 1989, where it is captioned, "A Negro Market in the West Indies in 1800, printed by Motte, 70 St. Martin's Lane"; the Barbados copy also contains a manuscript inscription in a contemporary hand, "from a drawing made in Antigua in 1800." Other copies of this print are held by the New York Historical Society, the Yale Center for British Art, and the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, London); a good color reproduction of the NMM's copy is found in and D. Hamilton and R. Blyth, Representing Slavery: Art, Artifacts and Archives in the Collections of the National Maritime Museum (London, 2007), p. 57.