Plantation Mill Yard and Sugar Mill, Brazil, 1830s

Description

A mill yard and water-powered mill with vertical rollers; cart with canes to be crushed; the plantation manager (?) and his wife (?) are on the veranda; next to the woman are sugar cones. The same illustration, captioned Brazilian Sugar Mill, was later published in the Illustrated London News (March 29, 1845; vol. 6, p. 197), with a brief account of slave labor on Brazilian sugar plantations. For an analysis of Rugendas' drawings, as these were informed by his anti-slavery views, see Robert W. Slenes, African Abrahams, Lucretias and Men of Sorrows: Allegory and Allusion in the Brazilian Anti-slavery Lithographs (1827-1835) of Johann Moritz Rugendas (Slavery & Abolition, vol. 23 [2002], pp. 147-168). (Thanks to Lyle Browning for his help with the mill identification.)

Source

Johann Moritz Rugendas, Voyage Pittoresque dans le Bresil. Traduit de l'Allemand (Paris, 1835; also published in same year in German). Reprinted in Viagem Pitoresca Atravès do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, 1972; images shown on this website), and in color from original water colors, in Viagem Pitoresca Atravès do Brasil (Editora Itatiaia Limitada, Editora da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 1989) [NOTE: both 1835 French and German original editions were published in black/white].

Creator

Ruengas, Johann Mortiz

Language

French
German

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

NW0295

Spatial Coverage

South America--Brazil

Citation

"Plantation Mill Yard and Sugar Mill, Brazil, 1830s", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 18, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1087
A mill yard and water-powered mill with vertical rollers; cart with canes to be crushed; the plantation manager (?) and his wife (?) are on the veranda; next to the woman are sugar cones. The same illustration, captioned Brazilian Sugar Mill, was later published in the Illustrated London News (March 29, 1845; vol. 6, p. 197), with a brief account of slave labor on Brazilian sugar plantations. For an analysis of Rugendas' drawings, as these were informed by his anti-slavery views, see Robert W. Slenes, African Abrahams, Lucretias and Men of Sorrows: Allegory and Allusion in the Brazilian Anti-slavery Lithographs (1827-1835) of Johann Moritz Rugendas (Slavery & Abolition, vol. 23 [2002], pp. 147-168). (Thanks to Lyle Browning for his help with the mill identification.)
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