Des personnes de qualité se rendant à l'église
"Some Quality People Taking Themselves to Church" (caption translation). This engraving shows a white man and woman dressed in fine clothes being followed by several enslaved people. Benoit explained that "on Sundays and holidays, rich planters and businessmen go to church with their families, and are sometimes followed by five or six slaves" (p. 23). 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 24" 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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"Des personnes de qualité se rendant à l'église", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed March 20, 2023, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2345