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Toussaint Louverture

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1802 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (printed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etching on laid paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 1, case CA10

Physical description

The leader of the slave rebellion in the French colony of Saint Domingue, Toussaint Louverture, rides on an rearing horse holding his sword aloft. He wears full military dress and is set against a view of a port with a building in the background.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1802 (printed)


Unknown (printed)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etching on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Chef des Noirs Insurgés de Saint Domingue
A Paris chez Jean, rue de Beauvais No 10.
Toussaint Louverture, Chief of the Black Rebels of Saint Domingue, In Paris at Jean, Rue de Beauvais number 10
Printed in ink below the image


Height: 28.9 cm size of image, Width: 20.5 cm size of image, Height: 31.8 cm size of platemark, Width: 23.3 cm size of platemark, Height: 39.8 cm size of sheet, Width: 26.1 cm size of sheet

Descriptive line

Toussaint Louverture on horseback; hand coloured etching by an unknown artist; French, 1802

Labels and date

François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture

Represented here as a high-ranking military leader, Toussaint L’Ouverture embodies the egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution. He led the slave uprising of 1791 in the French colony of Saint Domingue (now Haiti). This overseas rebellion played an important role in the French abolition of slavery three years later.

France (Paris)
Hand-coloured etching


Laid paper; Printing ink


Etching; Etching

Subjects depicted

Revolution; Slavery


Black History; Slavery & Abolitionism


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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