Marketplace, Antigua, West Indies, 1806

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Drawing by W. E. Beastall and G. Testolini; published, London,1806.

A separately produced print that was apparently not part of any larger work; shows congested market, some whites wandering through the area. The print's caption reads: "To His Excellency The Rt Honble Lord Lavington . . . Governor and General in Chief of the Leeward Caribbee Islands, &c. &c. &c. This print of the Negroes Sunday-Market at Antigua . . . " The image shown here was photographed from a copy located in the National Library of Jamaica, Kingston. Another copy, a colored print, was viewed by Handler in the Barbados Government House (residence of the island's Governor General) in 1989. The print in Barbados is captioned, "A Negro Market in the West Indies in 1800, printed by Motte, 70 St. Martin's Lane"; the Barbados copy also contains a manuscript inscription in a contemporary hand, "from a drawing made in Antigua in 1800." Other copies of this print are held by the New York Historical Society and the Yale Center for British Art (information given by Sandra Markham). The Sunday market was an important institution throughout the British West Indies. (Slide of print, courtesy of Jean Howson.)