Views in the Island of Jamaica
Views in the Island of Jamaica
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Views in the Island of Jamaica

GEORGE ROBERTSON, 1778.

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Views in the Island of Jamaica
George Robertson, 1778.
ROBERTSON, George (1747-1788), artist. Six Views in the Island of Jamaica. London: John Boydell, 1778.

Some of the earliest views of the Caribbean published as a large folio series. These engravings illustrate the sugar plantations of the slaver William Beckford of Somerly (1744-1799), a cousin of the famous collector. When Beckford moved to Jamaica to supervise his inherited estates there, he brought along the landscape artist George Robertson. Robertson's depictions portray the plantations as lush pastoral scenes, removing any evidence of the brutality of life of enslaved workers.These views, engraved by Daniel Lerpinière, were preceded only by the Scenographia and some of the works surrounding the capture of Havana in the French and Indian War in their size and subject matter. See Sugar and the Visual Imagination in the Atlantic World, circa 1600-1860, John Carter Brown Library Online Exhibition.

Seven plates (405 x 553mm), numbered 1-6 with a duplicate of no. 6, nos 1 and 6 hand-colored (a little dust-soiled, a few plates with creases down the middle). In a cloth clamshell box.

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