Esclaves se rendant au travail
"Slaves going to work" (caption translation). This engraving shows men and women in their work clothes, carrying long handled spades and hoes. A woman on the left is carrying a wood tray and basket on her head and smoking a pipe. In the background, slaves are cultivating a field under a slave driver's supervision. 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 39" 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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