African Canoes and European Sailing Vessels, Corisco Island, Equatorial Guinea, mid-19th cent.

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Drawings of Western Africa (University of Virginia Library, Special Collections, MSS 14357, no. 4).

Pencil and crayon. Caption: “All hands — Boarding the Ship-in response to her signal flag. In search of trade-Corisco, West Africa.” Marginal notes on the right, identifying features in the picture, read from top to bottom: mail steamer, climbing for coconuts, launching canoe, palm tree and fruit, palm nut; a note in middle of the left margin is “bark,” referring to a ship on the horizon. A European is in the lower left. This is one of 22 works displayed on this website of West African coastal scenes -- out of a total of 32 -- held by University of Virginia Library. None of the works is dated or signed, and they seem to have been done by at least two different persons (perhaps associated with missionary activities in West Africa and/or the American Colonization Society). See also other image references “UVA” on this website.