Artistic Creation of an Enslaved Woman, British West Indies, 1826


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Image Reference
JCB_69-1068-1

Source
Female Society for Birmingham, West-Bromwich . . . and Their Respective Neighborhoods, for the Relief of British Negro Slaves, The second report of the Female Society for Birmingham, West-Bromwich . . . and Their Respective Neighborhoods, . . . for the Relief of British Negro Slaves, established, 1825 (Birmingham, 1826). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
One of several artistically-created illustrations not uncommonly reproduced in the British antislavery/emancipationist literature of the period. This shows a black woman on a generalized West Indian island on bended knee with shackles around her ankles and wrists; in the background a group of slaves working under the whip. The poem underneath by William Cowper (deceased 1800), the celebrated English poet, who had lent his support to the British movement against the slave trade in the late eighteenth century, and was author of the famous poem used by this movement, "The Negro's Complaint." See also images JCB_69-1068-2 and JCB_69-1068-3.