Trois artisans nègres affranchis faisant la conversation
"Three Artisan Freed-Negroes Having a Conversation" (caption translation). This engraving shows three men in various clothing styles, and a small boy running. Benoit described "three free black craftsman/artisans are in conversation. On the right a young hairdresser, a creole slave himself, is followed by another slave, a boy, who is carrying various items of his trade: the comb, pomade, and curling tongs." 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 19" 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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