Execution of Participants in Slave Insurrection, Demerara (British Guiana), 1823

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Image Reference

Joshua Bryant, Account of an insurrection of the negro slaves in the colony of Demerara, which broke out on the 18th of August, 1823 (Georgetown, Demerara, 1824), plate 11, foldout between pp. 62-63. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University; also, British Library)

This plate, according to Bryant who made the drawing on which it is based, “represents the execution of the Rebels on the Parade Ground in Cumingsburgh.” (p. 120). Many small figures are depicted in this panoramic view; in the center background is the scaffold from which convicted participants were hung. The thirteen engravings in this book (a list with their descriptions is on pp. 115-120) and the drawings on which they are based, were made by the author; he had been living in Demerara for 15 years at the time of publication. Copies of this work in the John Carter Brown Library and the British Library contain these illustrations (but with different paginations), but the illustrations are lacking in the Boston Athaneum and Library of Congress copies. See also image reference BRLIB-1 and JCB_05684-5.