Laitière et négresses portant du lait
"Milkmaid and Negro Women Carrying Milk" (caption translation). This engraving shows a group of women standing in front of thatched-roof shack with pots and bowls on their head, while a woman kneels before a cow. Benoit explained that "milk and milk products are provided by elderly missies who own cows. These women then have their milk peddled or hawked by their own slaves, young black or creole women" (p. 37). Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854) was a Belgian artist, who visited the Dutch colony of Suriname on his own initiative for several months in 1831. He stayed in Paramaribo, but visited plantations, maroon communities and indigenous villages inland.
"Figure 66" in Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage à Surinam; description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane (Bruxelles: Société des Beaux-Arts de Wasme et Laurent, 1839).
Benoit, Pierre Jacques
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"Laitière et négresses portant du lait", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 15, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2385