Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A color engraving of a Black man dressed in fine attire; he wears a blue and red jacket with gold trim, red breeches, and white socks and holds a staff in his left hand and a plumed hat in his right hand. He takes up the majority of the frame. In the middleground are several faintly rendered figures, much smaller due to their distance; they stand in a line carrying weapons. In the far distance, there are small trees and buildings. The Dutch flag flies above one building.

Title: The celebrated Graman Quacy

Artist/Maker: William Blake

Date: December 2, 1793

Source: The John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Copyright/Permissions: William Blake, The celebrated Graman Quacy, December 2, 1793, Handcolored engraving. In Narrative, of a five years’ expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam by John Gabriel Stedman. Plate 76; vol. 2, following p. 348. London: J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church Yard, 1796. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Location(s): London, England; Suriname

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