Sandy Point Estate and Windmill, St. Kitts (St. Christopher), British West Indies, ca. 1795


Issued as a greeting card, published in 1991, by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. See Comments.


Shows a windmill and enslaved workers engaged in activities associated with bringing canes to the mill; also various outbuildings. Toward the right center is a small illustration of a cattle or horse powered mill; a white overseer is shown on horseback in bottom center. The Barbados Museum greeting card caption specifies that this watercolour painting is attributed to Agostino Brunias, c. 1795. The source of the painting is not given (other than specifying it was held in a private collection in Trinidad), but neither it nor a print of it is today (2010) located in the Museum. This painting or another like it was sold at auction in 1998 (Lot 43, Sale 6015) by Christie's of London; Augustin [sic] Brunias is identified as the painter on Christie's website. The caption/title on the painting's bottom margin, not shown on the greeting card issued by the Barbados Museum, reads: A North View of the Buildings on the Sandy Point Estate of Sir Patrick Blake Baronet in the Island of Saint Christopher. With a view of the north parts of Brimstone Hill, Charle's Fort, Figtree Fort, the town of Sandy Mount, and the Adjacent County. Scholars familiar with Brunias, who we contacted, are skeptical that Brunias did the painting (they prefer not to be acknowledged because they have not viewed the original painting). For biographical notes on Brunias, see image reference NW0009.


Brunias, Agostino

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