A Muslim Marabout, Senegal, 1780s
Caption, Talbe, pretre maure, ou marabout (Talbe, a Moor priest, or marabout); he is wearing various amulets and holding a very long-stemmed pipe; men praying in the background; also a house. 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). The same illustration appears in color in the English translation of Villeneuve; see Frederic Shoberl (ed.), Africa; containing a description of the manners and customs, with some historical particulars of the Moors of the Zahara . . . (London, 1821), vol.1, facing p. 63.
Renè Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sènègal (Paris, 1814), vol. 2, facing title page. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)
de Villeneuve, Renè Claude Geoffroy
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