John Gordon, Antigua (British West indies), 1820s

Description

Based on a real life sketch, this portrait of John Gordon, a free person of colour who claimed to be the only barber in town for gentlemen. The author identifies himself in Vol. 2 (p. 385). He lived in the West Indies during the 1820s. Gordon is described at length in vol. 2, pp. 161-168, the author commenting that Gordon had a knack for determining international news based on the movements of ships and officials. His knowledge and cleverness made him a valuable resource to all the residents of the island, from the poorest laborers and slaves to top government officials. Gordon had died by time Wentworth's book was published.

Source

Trelawney Wentworth, The West India Sketch Book (London, 1834), Vol. 2, facing p. 163.

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

JCB_79-152-1

Spatial Coverage

Caribbean--Antigua

Citation

"John Gordon, Antigua (British West indies), 1820s", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed April 5, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1544
Based on a real life sketch, this portrait of John Gordon, a free person of colour who claimed to be the only barber in town for gentlemen. The author identifies himself in Vol. 2 (p. 385). He lived in the West Indies during the 1820s. Gordon is described at length in vol. 2, pp. 161-168, the author commenting that Gordon had a knack for determining international news based on the movements of ships and officials. His knowledge and cleverness made him a valuable resource to all the residents of the island, from the poorest laborers and slaves to top government officials. Gordon had died by time Wentworth's book was published.
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