Le Mariage des Nègres
Paris: . Stipple engraving, with etching and mezzotint, 17 by 20 3/4 inches. Light mat stain, small tape remnants on verso. Very good.
An idealized African scene.
An idealized image of life in Africa, produced as part of early anti-slavery campaigning during the French Republic. A finely-detailed depiction of an African village in the midst of a marriage celebration, with the women engaged in conversation and the men dancing in the background while children play. A few village buildings stand in the distance, beneath a large hill. A humanizing and energetic view of African natives. Colibert engraved the image after Freret. Rare.