Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A page showing a print of two Black people with their feet locked in bed-stocks; three feet are visible. A woman, nude wearing a necklace and headwrap, sits up with her hands behind her back, and a man, dressed in a tattered coat, lays back. A hat rests on the top right post of the bed-stock, and a drinking gourd rests on the ground below next to a pair of shoes. There is a mask for punishment hanging on the wall to the left of the stocks.

Title: Bed-Stocks for intoxication in West India scenery with illustrations of Negro character, the process of making sugar, &c. from sketches taken during a voyage to, and residence of seven years in, the island of Trinidad (no. 34)

Artist/Maker: Richard Bridgens

Date: 1836?

Source: Yale Center for British Art

Copyright/Permissions: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Public Domain

Location(s): Trinidad

 

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