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Print - A Brazilian Sedan Chair and a person begging for the Church
  • A Brazilian Sedan Chair and a person begging for the Church
    Henderson, James
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A Brazilian Sedan Chair and a person begging for the Church

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Henderson, James (artist)
    Shoosmith, C. (lithographer)
    Hullmandel, Charles, born 1789 - died 1850 (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Museum number:

    19420

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 4

This print entered the collections of the V&A Museum as part of a group of ‘illustrations of carriages’ in 1860. It depicts a white woman carried in an elaborate sedan chair by two black liveried servants. The party pauses as a man approaches seeking donations for the church. The setting is a street scene, probably a town or city in Brazil. Brazil imported more enslaved African people than any other colony in the Americas. Unlike other colonies where most Africans were confined to manual labour on plantations, in Brazil many worked in urban occupations, including as domestic servants.

Images of the New World became available to the European public through the publication of travel narratives by Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch explorers from the 16th century. Many were accompanied by illustrations, often based on first hand observations. Hugely popular, these illustrations were widely copied during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Physical description

Print depicts a white woman carried in elaborate sedan chair (or litter) by two black liveried servants, stopped by man collecting for the church. Street scene in Brazil.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Henderson, James (artist)
Shoosmith, C. (lithographer)
Hullmandel, Charles, born 1789 - died 1850 (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

At bottom:
'A BRAZILIAN SEDAN CHAIR. & A PERSON BEGGING FOR THE CHURCH'
Bottom left:
'On stone by C. Shoosmith from a sketch by Jas. Henderson
Bottom right:
'Printed by Hullmandel.'

Dimensions

Height: 17.9 cm, Width: 21.6 cm

Object history note

Part of a group of objects previously in possession of Mr. R.S. Smith [South Kensington Museum employee?].

Descriptive line

'A Brazilian Sedan Chair and a person begging for the Church', print depicting white woman carried in sedan chair by two black liveried servants, stopped by man collecting for the church

Subjects depicted

Litter; Slaves; Sedan chair

Categories

Black History; Slavery & Abolitionism; Transport; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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