Africans Captured near the Coast, late 18th cent.

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This record was last updated on 11 May 2012

Image Reference

Post card of Musée de la Compagnie des Indes, Lorient Citadelle de Port-Louis, France; identified as an 18th century engraving.

The title of the engraving is "L'embarquement des Negres". Foreground shows coastal scene with captive Africans being whipped and guarded by other Africans, presumably their captors; in background, an African village and European ship (slave ship?) waiting offshore. A very similar scene is shown on another engraving, "A view taken near Bain, on the coast of Guinea in Affrica, engraved by Catherine Prestell," London, 1789; see, for example, websites,, and the website of the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), Picture Gallery, image F0879. The original is identified as a colored aquatint, done by Catherine Prestell after R. Westal.