Holland Estate.St Thomas in the East. / The Property of G.W. Taylor Esq.e M.P.
Publish'd Aug. 1 1825 by Hurst Robinson & Co 90 Cheapside & E. Lloyd, Harley Str.
Aquatint with hand-colouring, platemark 210 x 290mm (8¼ x 11½"). Excellent condition.
The Holland Estate sugar plantation in St Thomas, Jamaica. It was owned at this time by the politician George Watson Taylor (1770-1841). Taylor amassed great wealth from the slave owner and politician Simon Taylor (1739-1813) and numbered William IV amongst his friends, but his extravagant lifestyle (and the abolition of slavery in 1833, which he vigorously opposed) brought him close to bankruptcy. Plate from James Hakewill's 'A Picturesque Tour of the island of Jamaica' (seven parts, 1824-5). Hakewill (1778-1843) was an architectural draughtsman best known for his books, which documented visits to Jamaica, Paris, and Italy (in which Hakewill's sketches were the basis for watercolours by JMW Turner subsequently engraved for the book).
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