Whipping a Slave, Brazil, 1825-26

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Published in Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art (Menil Foundation, Harvard University Press, 1989), vol. 4, pt. 1, p. 143, fig. 83; also in, Carlos Eugenio Marcondes de Moura, A Travessia da Calunga Grande (Sao Paulo, Editora da Universidade de Sao Paulo), p. 428 (see also, Comments).

Pencil and sepia drawing by Charles Landseer, an English artist who visited Brazil when he was around 26 years old. The sketch shows a white (?) man whipping a black slave who is tied to a post and held by another black. Captioned "Black Punishment at Rio de Janeiro," there is no other information on this scene, which Landseer presumably witnessed during his stay in 1825-26. The original drawing is in a private collection in Rio de Janeiro although it, along with Landseer's other approximately 130 Brazilian sketches and drawings, was published in a facsimile limited edition, edited with an introduction by C.Guinle de Paula Machado, "Sketchbook containing studies made in Brazil, 1825-26" (Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1972).