Washerwomen, Saint Domingue, late 18th cent.

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Image Reference

Nicolas Ponce, Recueil des vues des lieux principaux de la colonie Francaise de Saint-Domingue (Paris, 1791), fig. 26); based on painting by Agostino Brunias. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library)

Captioned "blanchisseuses" (washerwomen), depicts 3 women washing clothes in a river; woman on left carries a child on her back and wooden tray filled with clothes on her head. Engraving by Ponce for Moreau de Saint Mery, Loix et Constitution des Colonies Francais (Paris, 1784, 1790). This image is reversed from the original Brunias print, titled "The West-India Washerwoman" (not shown on this website) one edition of which was published in London in 1790; the print, in turn, is based on a painting by Brunias, one version of which is held by the Barbados Museum (see, for example, reproduction in Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, An Empire Divided [Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2000], p. 37). For biographical details on Brunias, see image NW0016.