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Print - Different ways of Carriage & Travelling in Congo
  • Different ways of Carriage & Travelling in Congo
    Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598
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Different ways of Carriage & Travelling in Congo

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (artist)
    Page, R. (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.989-1886

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

Physical description

Print depicts a man reclining in a stretcher carried by four bearers and another man with an umbrella carried in sedan chair by two bearers.

Date

late 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Theodor de Bry, born 1528 - died 1598 (artist)
Page, R. (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Signature, bottom right:
Page Sculp.
Under scene:
Different ways of Carriage & Travelling in CONGO.

Dimensions

Height: 17.9 cm, Width: 27 cm

Descriptive line

'Different ways of Carriage and Travelling in Congo', print depicting reclined man in stretcher carried by four bearers and another man with state umbrella carried in sedan chair by two bearers

Subjects depicted

Slave; Travel; Stretchers (conveyances); Sedan chair

Categories

Black History; Prints; Transport

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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