Vue du Cap Francais et du n[avi]re la Marie Seraphique de Nantes
"View of Cap Francais and the Marie Seraphique of Nantes" (caption translation). One of two known artistic representations of La Marie-Sèraphique, a French ship active in the late eighteenth-century Atlantic slave trade. The full caption states "Vue du Cap Francais et du n[avi]re la Marie Seraphique de Nantes, Capitaine Gaugy, le jour de l'ouverture de sa vente, troisieme voyage d'Angole, 1772,1773 (View of Cap Francais and the Marie Seraphique of Nantes, Captain Gaugy, the day of the opening of its sale [after] its third voyage from Angola, 1772, 1773). The image shows the purchase of slaves aft on the main deck, an iron barrier separating them from the quarter-deck, and Europeans apparently having a picnic on the stern. There is also a cross section of ship's hull with storage quarters. A black/white view of the other representation of this ship is published in Jean Boudriot, Traite et Navire Negrier(Paris 1984), p. 89, which also describes physical features of the ship.
Watercolor by unknown artist, in Musèe du Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France. Published in Madeline Burnside (ed.), Spirits of the Passage (New York, 1977), p. 124 and E.D.C. Campbell and K.S. Rice, eds., Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South (University Press of Virginia, 1991), plate 6, p. xv.
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