Rum Distillery, Antigua, West Indies, 1823

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This record was last updated on 11 Mar 2011

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William Clark, Ten Views In the Island of Antigua, in Which are Represented the Process of Sugar Making.... From Drawings Made by William Clark, During a Residence of Three Years in the West Indies (London,1823). (Copy in Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection, Hamilton College Library, Clinton, NY)

Caption, "Interior of a Distillery, on Delaps Estate," shows slaves filling hogsheads with rum and cooper making barrels; also, white overseer/manager. (Thanks to Randall Ericson, Couper Librarian). Little is known of William Clark although he was probably a manager or overseer of plantations in Antigua. The ten prints in the collection (only 9 of which are shown on this website) are based on his drawings, converted into prints by professional printmakers. All of the prints are shown and extensively described in T. Barringer, G. Forrester, and B. Martinez-Ruiz, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (New Haven : Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2007), pp. 318-321; the descriptions in this publication are based on “Clark’s unpaginated text” and quotations from that text.