African Soldier, Sierra Leone, 1805


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Image Reference
Spil05

Source
Francis B. Spilsbury, Account of a voyage to the Western coast of Africa; performed by His Majesty's sloop Favourite, in the year 1805 (London, 1807), facing p. 39 (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Captioned, "A warrior with poisoned arrows," shows a man wearing a loin cloth, holding a bow in one hand, an arrow in another, with a quiver of arrows on his back; what appears to be a gris-gris or amulet hangs around his neck. The author, a surgeon aboard the Favourite, made the "various sketches from which the accompanying engravings have been produced . . . the drawings and portraits were made on the spot" (pp. iii-iv).