Marriage Procession, Senegal, 1806

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Jean Baptiste Durand, A voyage to Senegal . . . translated from the French, & embellished with numerous engravings (London, 1806), between pp. 104-105.

Not based on an eye-witness drawing, this is one of several fanciful engravings created by the publisher for this volume. Caption, "Black Marriage at Goree". "A girl is frequently betrothed to a man as soon as she is born . . . . On the day agreed on for the marriage, the bridegroom places on the road which the bride has to pass, several of his people at different distances, with brandy and other refreshments; for if these articles are not furnished in abundance, the conductors of the bride will not advance a step further, though they may have got three parts of the journey. On approaching the town, they stop, and are joined by friends of the bridegroom, who testify their joy by shouting, drinking, and letting off their pieces [i.e., firing their guns]" (pp. 104-105). Shows conical roofed houses and musical instruments.