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Monday, April 03, 2006
Joshua Bryant's Artwork


These are just the impressions of Joshua Bryant's handiwork displaying some of the images of the suffering of the real heroes of the East Coast of Demerara. (Courtesy of M'lilwana Osanku)


Image Reference
LCP-33

Source
Thomas Staunton St. Clair, A Residence in the West Indies and America (London, 1834), vol. 2, facing p. 187. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Comments
Caption, "Mibiri Creek, Demerara River. Mr. Edmonstone's Wood Cutting Establishment." The author sketched this scene while visiting this place. In left foreground, two male slaves are cutting wood, next to them are "their wives and children." In the very lower right hand corner is the boat-house, above it the main dwelling house, "and on the top of the hill were the Negro huts, with some cocoa-nut trees" (pp. 187-188).


Image Reference
BRLIB-1

Source
Joshua Bryant, Account of an insurrection of the negro slaves in the colony of Demerara on the 18th of August, 1823 (Georgetown, Demerara, 1824), plate 12, between pp. 80-81. (Copy in British Library; also Library of Congress and the Boston Athaneum [see Comments])

Comments
Depicts the punishment of slaves convicted of participating in the major 1823 revolt. The caption reads: "Five of the culprits in chains, as they appeared on the 20th of September 1823": 1), upper right, "Quamina, on plantation Success"; 2), upper right, "Lindor, on La Bonne Intention"; 3), lower left, "Paul, on the Friendship, and two heads at the middle-walk of Plantation New Orange Nassau"; 4), lower right, "Telemachus and Jemmy, on Bachelor's Adventure." This is a rare book. The British Library copy has a number of engraved illustrations interleaved among its pages, including the one shown here; however, neither the Library of Congress nor the Boston Athaneum copies of this book contains this illustration. The caption to the illustration is taken from the list of plates in the Boston Athaneum copy. The decapitation of slaves convicted of major crimes was not unusual in the British West Indies.