Separating Cotton Fiber, Senegal, 1780s
Caption Negresse Battant le Coton au lieu de le Carder (Woman Beating Cotton Instead of Carding it); sitting on a wooden bench, a circular house with conical thatched roof in the background. Villeneuve lived in the Senegal region for about two years in the mid-to-late 1780s. The engravings in his book, he writes, were made from drawings that were mostly done on the spot during his African residence (vol. 1, pp. v-vi).
Renè Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sènègal (Paris, 1814), vol. 4, facing p. 181. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)
de Villeneuve, Renè Claude Geoffroy
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