Separating Cotton Fiber, Senegal, 1780s


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Image Reference
VILE-181

Source
René Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sénégal (Paris, 1814), vol. 4, facing p. 181. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption “Negresse Battant le Coton au lieu de le Carder (Woman Beating Cotton Instead of Carding it); sitting on a wooden bench, a circular house with conical thatched roof in the 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).