Pounding Cassava, Jamaica, 1808-1815

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-3072

Watercolor, showing the back of a woman, wearing sandals, pounding cassava/manioc in a wooden mortar with a pestle; house yard, thatched house, and basket are in the scene. Drawn from life by William Berryman, an English artist who lived in Jamaica for eight years in the early 19th century. He produced about 300 pencil and watercolor drawings of people, landscape, settlements, and flora in the island’s southern parishes, the general region surrounding Kingston. He had intended to produce a series of engravings, never realized because of his death (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs, An Illustrated Guide). A number of other Berryman works are reproduced in T. Barringer, G. Forrester, and B. Martinez-Ruiz [and others], 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), passim.