African Slave Family, Surinam, 1770s


John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam . . . from the year 1772, to 1777 (London, 1796), vol. 2, facing p. 280.


Caption, Family of Negro Slaves from Loango. The man is carrying a basket of small fish and a net on his head; his pregnant wife carries a basket of fruit with her infant on her back, while spinning cotton and smoking a tobacco pipe. The man is branded just below his right shoulder with the initials J.G.S., i.e., John Gabriel Stedman. This and other engravings are found in the autobiographical narrative of Stedman, a young Dutchman who joined a military force against rebellions of the enslaved in the Dutch colony. The engravings are based on Stedman's own drawings and were done by professional engravers. For the definitive modern edition of the original 1790 Stedman manuscript, which includes this and other illustrations, see Richard and Sally Price, eds. Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988).


Stedman, John Gabriel

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