People Crossing a Bridge, Senegal, 1780s

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René Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sénégal (Paris, 1814), vol. 4, between pp. 188 and 189. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "pont des Negres sur le Sénégal dans le haut du fleuve" (Bridge on the Senegal River at flood stage). Villeneuve lived in the Senegal region for about two years in the mid-to-late 1780s. The engravings in his book, he writes, were made from drawings that were mostly done on the spot during his African residence (vol. 1, pp. v-vi). However, with some slight variations, this seems to be a copy of an engraving that originally appeared in Mungo Park's "Travels" (see image 338a). The same Villeneuve illustration appears in color in the English translation of his book; see Frederic Shoberl (ed.), Africa; containing a description of the manners and customs, with some historical particulars of the Moors of the Zahara . . . (London, 1821).