Atelier d'un cordonnier

Description

"Workshop of a Shoemaker" (caption translation). This engraving shows several people in front of a thatched-roof house and a shed. Benoit described how "a shoemaker is measuring a free black man for a pair of shoes; the man on the left, a slave is making shoes. . . only free people of color have the right to wear shoes. . . [and in the center] an elderly woman spins cotton using a spindle" (p. 21). 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 33" 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

BEN16b

Spatial Coverage

South America--Suriname--Paramaribo

Citation

"Atelier d'un cordonnier", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 19, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2359
"Workshop of a Shoemaker" (caption translation). This engraving shows several people in front of a thatched-roof house and a shed. Benoit described how "a shoemaker is measuring a free black man for a pair of shoes; the man on the left, a slave is making shoes. . . only free people of color have the right to wear shoes. . . [and in the center] an elderly woman spins cotton using a spindle" (p. 21). 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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