Female Clothing Styles, Sierra Leone, 1805

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This record was last updated on 18 Jan 2011

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Francis B. Spilsbury, Account of a voyage to the Western coast of Africa; performed by His Majesty's sloop Favourite, in the year 1805 (London, 1807), facing p.21 (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "Negresses of Sierra Leone" shows two women, fully dressed with long skirts and blouses, both wearing bead necklaces; one has an elaborate head-tie, the wears what appears to be a European top hat. The author, a surgeon aboard the Favourite, made the "various sketches from which the accompanying engravings have been produced . . . the drawings and portraits were made on the spot" (pp. iii-iv).