Witnessing slavery : art and travel in the age of abolition / Sarah Thomas.
By: Thomas, Sarah.Publisher: London : Yale University Press, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2019Description: xiii, 286 p. : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9781913107055 : (hbk.).Subject(s): Stedman, John Gabriel, 1744-1797 | Hakewill, James, 1778-1843 | Rugendas, Johann Moritz, 1802-1858 | Slavery, abolition, and emancipation | Slavery in art | Slave trade in art | History in art | Art and society. -- 19th century | Abolition movement | Suriname -- Description and travel | Jamaica -- 19th century | Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)DDC classification: 704.949326
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
1. Testamentary space -- 2. Visual culture and abolition -- 3. Envisioning a future for slavery: Agostino Brunias and the politics of reproduction -- 4. Unmasking 'simple truth': John Gabriel Stedman in Suriname -- 5. Visual testimony from a jamaican resident: James Hakewill and the topographical imagination -- 6. Slavery as spectacle: Debret, Earle and Rugendas in Rio de Janeiro
Gathering together over 160 paintings, watercolours, drawing and prints, this book offers an unprecedented examination of the shifting iconography of slavery in British and European art between 1760 and 1840.
Full of original insights that cast a new light on these highly charged images, this book reconsiders how enslaved people were depicted within a historical context in which truth was deeply contested.
Sarah Thomas is lecturer in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.