Milk Seller, Jamaica, 1838


Isaac Mendes Belisario, Sketches of character, in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the Negro population, in the island of Jamaica: drawn after nature, and in lithography (Kingston, Jamaica: published by the artist, at his residence, 1837-1838).


Captioned Milkwoman, she is carrying on her head a bowl and small tin pans of milk in a wooden tray. Many Colored persons, as well as free Negroes living at short distances from towns or villages, Belisario writes, find it to their advantage to supply the inhabitants with goats' milk, which being richer than that of the cow, is therefore preferred by most families. The woman is on her way to town from the country in the early morning. Divested of the encumberance of shoes and stocking and with the dress of a convenient walking length, the Milkmaid of Jamaica travels along at a rapid rate . . . arrived in town, she announces herself with 'See me day a wid de milk' (Here I am with the milk). For background on the artist, see Belisario01.


Belisario, Isaac Mendes

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