Two Women with Head-Ties, Jamaica, 1808-1815

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-3075

Drawn from life by William Berryman, an English artist who lived in Jamaica in the early 19th century. This sketch shows the heads of two unidentified women who are wearing head-ties. Berryman produced about 300 pencil and watercolor drawings of people, landscape, settlements, and flora in the island's southern parishes, the general region surrounding Kingston. He had intended to produce a series of engravings, never realized because of his death (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs, An Illustrated Guide). Several other Berryman works are reproduced in T. Barringer, G. Forrester, and B. Martinez-Ruiz [and others], Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2007), passim.