Nègres s'amusant à jouer au billard

Description

"Negros Enjoying Themselves Playing Billiards" (caption translation). This engraving shows a pool hall filled with people of colour playing billiards and drinking. Benoit wrote that "a recreational diversion to which the colonists and above all the Negroes are passionately devoted is playing games, billiards being the most preferred." 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.

Source

"Figure 37" in Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage à Surinam; description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane (Bruxelles: Société des Beaux-Arts de Wasme et Laurent, 1839).

Creator

Benoit, Pierre Jacques

Language

French

Rights

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

Identifier

BEN11b

Spatial Coverage

South America--Suriname--Paramaribo

Citation

"Nègres s'amusant à jouer au billard", 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/2352
"Negros Enjoying Themselves Playing Billiards" (caption translation). This engraving shows a pool hall filled with people of colour playing billiards and drinking. Benoit wrote that "a recreational diversion to which the colonists and above all the Negroes are passionately devoted is playing games, billiards being the most preferred." 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.
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