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Witnessing Slavery - Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition


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Sarah Thomas is lecturer in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.


"Thomas delivered an excellent volume in which she comprehensibly shows the great impact that visual culture had on the era of abolition and how contested images of eyewitness artists were used for the propaganda purposes of the pro- and anti-slavery movements."-Annika Vosseler, Connections

"Engaging and provocative . . . Deals mainly with British publications during the heyday of illustrated book publishing, persuasively arguing that these artworks were deeply influenced by the politics surrounding their production."-Richard Price, New West Indian Guide

"[A] lavishly illustrated and finely produced book . . . Thomas brings together several bodies of scholarship on the visual culture of slavery, travel, and imperial landscape."-Esther Chadwick, Art History

"A powerful look at the varied contexts in which artists found themselves in the Americas as witnesses to societies that depended on enslaved labour . . . The book's resonance with our contemporary reality is impossible to miss."-Allison Young, Slavery & Abolition

"[A] beautifully effective book. Large-size, perfect color reproductions of paintings and prints on a remarkably readable and viewable heavy-stock paper make it possible to survey the art of slavery for our own determinations."-John E. Crowley, Journal of British Studies

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