Climbing a Palm Tree, Senegal, 1780s


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Image Reference
VILE-162

Source
René Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sénégal (Paris, 1814), vol. 4, facing p. 162. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Negre montant au palmier pour recuellir le vin" (Black climbing a palm tree to collect wine); two men, one climbing tree, house in background. Villeneuve lived in the Senegal region for about two years in the mid-to-late 1780s. The engravings in his book, he writes, were made from drawings that were mostly done on the spot during his African residence (vol. 1, pp. v-vi). The same illustration appears in color in the English translation of Villeneuve; see Frederic Shoberl (ed.), Africa; containing a description of the manners and customs, with some historical particulars of the Moors of the Zahara . . . (London, 1821).