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The Fugitive Slave

A work made of etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Charles-Melchior Descourtis
French, 1753-1820

About this artwork

In Paul and Virginie, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre addressed the injustices of Mauritius’s slave system most openly in one early scene, which is the subject of this image: the children return a fugitive from slavery to her enslaver in the hope that their appeal will secure her pardon. The owner, shown with his cane raised in oath, assures the children that he will spare the woman, but they later discover that he did not keep his promise and the woman was brutally punished for her escape.

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Artist

Charles Melchior Descourtis

Title

The Fugitive Slave

Origin

France

Date

Made 1795

Medium

Etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper

Dimensions

375 × 412 mm (image); 410 × 470 mm (sheet, cut within platemark)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1926.479

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