Free People of Color, 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; from a painting by Agostino Brunias. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library)

A man and two women in formal attire. 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 "Free Natives of Dominica" (not shown on this website; a copy is held by the Barbados Museum), one edition of which was published in London in 1790. The engraving, in turn, is derived from the Brunias painting, "Free Natives of Dominica," ca. 1770; for a b/w photo of this painting, see Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, 1985, pp. 44-45). For biographical details on Brunias, see image NW0016.