A Street Cleaner, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831


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This record was last updated on 02 May 2012

Image Reference
BEN10b

Source
Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage a Surinam . . . cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur (Bruxelles, 1839), plate xi, fig. 21. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
A man with a donkey cart. The author notes that this person is a government-owned slave who is responsible for keeping the streets clean; a woman and child are in the background. Benoit (1782-1854), a Belgian artist, visited Suriname around 1831 and apparently stayed for several months. The 100 lithographs in his book (hand colored in the John Carter Brown copy), accompanied by textual descriptions of varying detail, are derived from drawings he made during his visit, which included time in Paramaribo, the capital, as well as trips into the interior visiting Maroons and Amerindians. Forty of his lithographs, with our translations from the French text, are shown on this website.