L'Africain HospitalierLes noires sont d'un caractère doux et humain, au milieu / des horreurs de la guerre, ils sont toujours restés fidels à la France [...]
Se vend à Paris chez Depeuille, Rue Franciade Section de Bon Conseil No 52 [c.1791]
Stipple printed in colours, sheet 430 x 490mm (17 x 19¼"). Cut to platemark.
Negro natives rescue passengers from a shipwreck and comfort them on shore. Engraved after one of a pair of paintings by English artist George Morland, 'African Hospitality' (which contrasted with the pendant 'Slave Trade', which depicted the brutality of the Slavers). When Morland’s original painting of 'Slave Trade' was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788 it was the first expression of abolitionist protest in the visual arts, a departure from Morland's usual English rural scenes. The paintings were engraved by celebrated mezzotinter J.R. Smith, who embarked on a subscription scheme to pay for publication of prints. His prints were published during the peak of anti-slavery fervour was reaching its peak between 1788 and 1792. This is a French copy published during the revolutionary period, with text read at the 'Convention Nationale par un homme de couleur'.
For J.R. Smith's mezzotint see Frankau: 5, ii of iii; D'Oench, 314 and Chapter 5, 'The Slavery Prints'.
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