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Print - The Manner of Travelling as practiced by the people of Congo in Africa
  • The Manner of Travelling as practiced by the people of Congo in Africa
    Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598
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The Manner of Travelling as practiced by the people of Congo in Africa

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    17th century-18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.988-1886

  • Gallery location:

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

This print is probably 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 and ‘exotic’ people. The illustrations, which were hugely popular, were widely copied during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Physical description

Print depicts a group of four Africans in a landscape, carrying a stretcher or sedan chair in which another African sits, four more Africans, including two children are present.

Date

17th century-18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Marks and inscriptions

On bottom:
'The Manner of Travelling, as practiced by the PEOPLE of CONGO in AFRICA'

Dimensions

Height: 13.7 cm, Width: 18 cm

Descriptive line

'The Manner of Travelling as practiced by the people of Congo in Africa', print depicting group of Africans carrying stretcher or sedan chair in which a person sits

Subjects depicted

Slave; Travel; Children; Stretcher; Sedan chair

Categories

Black History; Prints; Transport

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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