Clothing Styles, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831


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This record was last updated on 02 May 2012

Image Reference
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Source
Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage a Surinam . . . cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur (Bruxelles, 1839), plate v, fig. 10. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
On the streets of Paramaribo, the author writes, one can encounter a variety of people, wearing different styles of clothing; the woman on the left appears to be a slave, the others may be free women of color (p. 17). 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.