Executed Slaves, Demerara (British Guiana), 1823


Joshua Bryant, Account of an insurrection of the negro slaves in the colony of Demerara, which broke out on the 18th of August, 1823 (Georgetown, Demerara, 1824), plate 12 (between pp. 80-81 in British Library copy; between pp. 88-89 in the John Carter Brown Library copy).


Depicts the punishment of slaves convicted of participating in the major 1823 revolt. The caption reads: Five of the culprits in chains, as they appeared on the 20th of September 1823: 1), upper right, Quamina, on plantation Success; 2), upper right, Lindor, on La Bonne Intention; 3), lower left, Paul, on the Friendship, and two heads at the middle-walk of Plantation New Orange Nassau; 4), lower right, Telemachus and Jemmy, on Bachelor's Adventure. The decapitation of slaves convicted of major crimes was not unusual in the British West Indies. The thirteen engravings in this book (a list with their descriptions is on pp. 115-120) and the drawings on which they are based, were made by the author; he had been living in Demerara for 15 years at the time of publication. Copies of this work in the John Carter Brown Library and the British Library contain these illustrations (but with different paginations), but the illustrations are lacking in the Boston Athaneum and Library of Congress copies.


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