London: Joseph Johnson, 1793.
Etching and engraving. 10.25" x 7.75". Sheet toned and shows minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition. A plate from John Gabriel Stedman's "Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition against the Revolted Slaves of Surinam" (London: Joseph Johnson, 1796). This book, with its graphic depiction of slavery and colonization in the New World, became an important reference for early abolitionists.
This disturbing image shows an enslaved woman with bound hands hung from a tree. In the background, two European men direct two slaves wielding whips to carry out the punishment.
William Blake (1757-1827) was a British poet, painter, and printmaker.
Illustrator: William Blake
Condition: Very Good(+)