Cemetery, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831
Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage a Surinam . . . cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur (Bruxelles, 1839), plate ix, fig. 17. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)
View of Orange Cemetery, at the outskirts of the city. The priest, the gravedigger, enslaved men and women in mourning clothes; barely visible in the background is a funeral procession with participants dressed in white. 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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