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Print - Way of Carriage and Travelling in Kongo, from De Bry
  • Way of Carriage and Travelling in Kongo, from De Bry
    Basire, John James
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Way of Carriage and Travelling in Kongo, from De Bry

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Basire, John James (the elder), born 1730 - died 1802 (engraver)
    Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    19419

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case S, shelf 16, box B

This print is based on an engraving by Theodor de Bry. De Bry was a Frankfurt goldsmith, engraver, print-seller and bookseller who chronicled many of the earliest European expeditions to the Americas. Beginning in 1590, de Bry and his sons brought out a series of translations of accounts of the New World from Spanish, French, English, Italian and Dutch sources. Each volume was accompanied by detailed graphic illustrations of indigenous customs, culture, warfare and historical events. Many were based on first hand observations making them a rare visual record of early contact between Europeans and the inhabitants of the New World. After de Bry’s death the series was extended to include voyages to Africa and Asia.

The de Bry series offered an eager European public an early glimpse of distant lands. The illustrations were hugely popular and were widely copied during the 17th and 18th centuries. This engraving appears to have been made by James Basire (1730-1802), a member of a London-based family of engravers, who served both as Engraver to the Society of Antiquaries and Engraver to the Royal Society.

Physical description

In a landscape, a man carried in stretcher or sedan chair by four bearers, in the distance a landscape of a village. The bearers are all man and have a robe tied around their waist.
A scroll in the centre. Plants and flowers in the foreground.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)

Date

1750-1800 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Basire, John James (the elder), born 1730 - died 1802 (engraver)
Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

On the top a scroll: 'Way of Carriage, & Travelling in Congo, from the Bry'
Bottom right:
'Plate 194. No. 112. Vol. 2 p. 402'
Bottom centre:
'J. Basire Sculp.'
Bottom right:
V&A stamp on the plate, bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 24.7 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

'Way of Carriage and Travelling in Kongo, from De Bry', print depicting man carried in stretcher or sedan chair by four bearers

Subjects depicted

Slave; Travel; Stretcher; Sedan chair

Categories

Black History; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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