Un vieillard et son esclave

Description

"An Elder and his Slave" (caption translation). This engraving shows two men walking along a path. After remarking on a foreigner's difficulty in ascertaining status and rank differences among the Bush Negroes (since they are not differentiated by their clothing), Benoit described a scene in which one of these people arrived at Paramaribo by canoe with two other villagers. He wrote that they "all wore only loincloths, and none was distinguished from the other by clothing, except the eldest wore iron and coral arm and leg ornaments and an unsheathed cutlass around his waist. After disembarking, however, the elder proceeded to don a robe and carry an elaborate staff; his own slave put on a top hat and followed the elder into town." 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 98" 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

BEN9a

Spatial Coverage

South America--Suriname--Paramaribo

Citation

"Un vieillard et son esclave", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed May 29, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2396
"An Elder and his Slave" (caption translation). This engraving shows two men walking along a path. After remarking on a foreigner's difficulty in ascertaining status and rank differences among the Bush Negroes (since they are not differentiated by their clothing), Benoit described a scene in which one of these people arrived at Paramaribo by canoe with two other villagers. He wrote that they "all wore only loincloths, and none was distinguished from the other by clothing, except the eldest wore iron and coral arm and leg ornaments and an unsheathed cutlass around his waist. After disembarking, however, the elder proceeded to don a robe and carry an elaborate staff; his own slave put on a top hat and followed the elder into town." 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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