Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A page featuring depictions of six figures with a head and shoulders view. Several figures show facial scarification; one individual is portrayed with pointed teeth, and one woman wears a headwrap. Two figures are shown wearing devices used for punishments, a neck collar and a mask for the entire head.

Title: Negro Heads with Punishments for Intoxication and Dirt-eating 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 (plate 2)

Artist/Maker: Richard Bridgens

Date: 1836?

Source: Yale Center for British Art

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

References: Hogarth, Rana A. Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Location(s): Trinidad


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