Plantation Slaves Going to Work, Suriname, ca. 1831
Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage a Surinam . . . cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur (Bruxelles, 1839), plate xx, fig. 39. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)
Men and women in their work clothes, carrying long handled spades and hoes; woman on left is carrying a wood tray and basket on her head and smoking a pipe. In background, slaves cultivating a field under a driver's supervision. 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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