Prince of Marabou, Senegal, 1805

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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. 42 (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Captioned "A Negro King full dressed in Monmouth street cloaths [sic] with his wives and children," shows the king in European regalia carrying an umbrella and his staff of office, followed by two women (one carrying an infant on her back), and a small child ( wearing an amulet around his/her neck). The author writes that on November 12, 1805, "The prince of Marabou . . . paid us a visit, and the captain presented him with an old cocked hat . . . . We found he owned . . . fifty slaves, and was on the point of commencing a war for the express purpose of liquidating the debt [by acquiring captives]. . . . I have given him a drawing of him, exactly as he was dressed" (p. 15). Spilsbury, 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).