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Description found in Archives
September 2, 1838
Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 17.000 x 21.500 cm
Secondary support: 21.000 x 30.900 cm (irregular)
Scope and content
Two black women and a child on Broadway in New York. Emphasis appears to be on their colourful clothing, parasol, and elaborate hats. Although this watercolour is dated August 1838, Mrs. Ellice's diary entry for September 2, 1838 seems to describe the scene depicted: "Coming home we met a Nigger Congregation...I could not help thinking that they had masks on & then their very gay and fantastic mode of admiring themselves show off their lovely visages to the best advantage.
Light blue bonnets & white flowers: bright yellow gowns; or any other delicate colour; & always parasols to preserve their complexions. I suppose they would bleach in the Sun." (Canada: Oberon, 1975. p. 84).
Watercolour removed from album. This work was originally glued to a secondary support. The album page, folio 21, was cut to frame the image that was glued to its verso. Original mount attached separately.
Copy negative C-013389
A069-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 21
1990-215 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-215-21
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Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pen and brown ink, recto l.l.: Broadway - August.; in pen and brown ink, on mount recto t.: No 19; l.c.: September 2.; in pen and brown ink, on mount recto b.: p 245
2. SUBJ - NEGROES.
3. SUBJ - COSTUMES, SPECIAL TOPICS - NON-CANADIAN - U.S. - 1838.
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