Plantation Scene and Slave Houses, Barbados, 1807-08


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This record was last updated on 08 Aug 2010

Image Reference
Waller-1

Source
John A. Waller, A Voyage in the West Indies (London, 1820), facing p. 20.

Comments
John A. Waller, A Voyage in the West Indies (London, 1820), facing p. 20. This engraving, presenting a rather idyllic view of slave life and activities, shows thatched houses and a cross-section of one with interior furnishings. Shown are people dancing and playing musical instruments (lower left), and a work gang with the ubiquitous long-handled hoe and white overseer or manager (lower right). Background structures include the sugar mill and boiling house; behind these the manor or “dwelling” house, residence of the owner or manager. Waller, a British naval surgeon, lived in Barbados for a year in 1807-08, but there are no references in the text to this illustration, and it is not known if the engraving was based on Waller’s own eyewitness sketch or was the idea of some artist or the engraver, R. Stennett.