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"Traite des Negres" printed textile

1820-1830
Origin: France, Rouen (probably)
OW: 30 3/4"; OL: 19 3/4"
Roller-printed cotton
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2002-81
Fragment of tabby-woven cotton, roller-printed in purple contrasting scenes depicting the slave trade and Africans befriending shipwrecked English people (a scene known at the time as "African Hospitality"). At left, Africans are being captured. A man sits in a small boat with his head in his hands. At right, a white family that has been shipwrecked is befriended by Africans.
Label:This textile was printed as an abolitionist statement. Based in part on George Morland's 1791 paintings of "The Slave Trade" and "African Hospitality," transmitted via French prints of the scenes, the textile contrasts the cruel treatment of the slave traders with the hospitality of Africans who befriended a white shipwrecked family. The textile was probably originally used as a curtain.
Inscription(s):"E. Feldtruppe" (signed in printing).