Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A watercolor image of a woman in a white dress presumably afflicted with yellow fever. She sits limply and a golden crucifix is in her lap. Her hadn reasches down to grab the hand of another figure who is rolled in a blanket, presumably dead or very ill. They are in front of a make-shift tent, with chests of arms and golden ornaments. Behind them are standing figures in white and tan robes or cloaks walking away. Below the image is written in French Episode de la fièvre jaune.

Title:  Episode de la fièvre jaune (A Girl Suffering from Yellow Fever)

Artist/Maker: Unidentified Artist

Date: ca. 1830s

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A girl suffering from yellow fever. Watercolour. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark. 

References: Kathryn Olivarius, “Immunity, Capital, and Power in Antebellum New Orleans,” American Historical Review (April 2019): 424–55.

Location(s): Unknown

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