Marketplace, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831


Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage a Surinam . . . cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur (Bruxelles, 1839), plate vii, fig. 13. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)


The main vegetable, fruit, and poultry market. Benoit describes this area as a large square. In former years the cemetery was located there, but the government, fearing an epidemic, moved it to the city's outskirts (p. 17); note the gravestones on the ground in the lower left. Benoit (1782-1854), a Belgian artist, visited Suriname around 1831 and apparently stayed for several months. The 100 lithographs in his book (hand colored in the John Carter Brown copy), accompanied by textual descriptions of varying detail, are derived from drawings he made during his visit, which included time in Paramaribo, the capital, as well as trips into the interior visiting Maroons and Amerindians. Forty of his lithographs, with our translations from the French text, are shown on this website.


Benoit, Pierre Jacques

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