Un esclave du gouvernement chargé de propreté des rues
"A Government Slave Responsible for Cleaning Streets" (caption translation). This engraving shows a street cleaner with his donkey and cart. Benoit described how this man "is a government-owned slave who is responsible for keeping the streets clean; a woman and child are in the background." 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 21" 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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"Un esclave du gouvernement chargé de propreté des rues", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 18, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2349