Slave Trade (Traité des nêgres)
432 x 509 mm (17 x 20 in.)
John Raphael Smith,
Medium and Support:
Stipple engraving on white laid paper
Print impression quality:
Published by François Depeuille, Rue St. Denis Section Bon-conseil. Regarding date: Pluriose was the 5th month of the Republican calendar (from January 20, 21, or 22 to February 19, 20, or 21); Ernest Lowrie and Wesleyan Professor Nathaniel Greene both give 4 February 1794 as the date slavery was abolished, but the government kept changing the calendar. Depeuille moved to another address in 1795, thus the Rollet prints probably date to 1794–95; see Préaud, et al., Dictionnaire des éditeurs d’estampes… (1987), 101.
Inscribed in plate, lower right: “Gravé par la Cit.ae [Citoyenne] Rollet”; inscribed below, “Ce vil métier a été aboli par la Convention Nationale le 16 Pluviose l’An deuxieme de la République francaise une et indivisible”
Provenance / Collectors' Marks:
From a collection in southern Germany that descended in the family of an eighteenth-century collector of more than 3,000 English prints; purchased through Nigel Talbot, Grosvenor Prints, on auction at Sotheby’s, 13 November 1997.
Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1997