Scene on a West Indian Plantation: Slaves Receiving the News of Their Emancipation
This engraving is occasionally reproduced in secondary sources on Caribbean slavery. This usage implies that the scene is based on an eyewitness drawing. However, the scene has been completely fabricated by the Cassell's late-nineteenth century artist although there are certain realistic features, e.g., dress styles, long-handled hoes, windmill. The drawing accompanies a section of the book which deals with the abolition of slavery in the British colonies (see p. 233).
Cassell's Illustrated History of England, . . . 1820-1861 (London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1863), vol. 3, p. 234
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"Scene on a West Indian Plantation: Slaves Receiving the News of Their Emancipation", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 21, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/527