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Belisario, Isaac Mendes, 1795-1849.
Sketches of character : in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the Negro population, in the island of Jamaica / drawn after nature, and in lithography, by I.M. Belisario.
Kingston, Jamaica : Published by the artist, at his residence, no. 21 King-Street ..., 1837[-1838]
Physical Description:
[20] p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 38 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 24
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
"[Belisario intends] to hand down faithful delineations of a people, whose habits, manners, and costume, bear the stamp of originality, and in which changes are being daily effected by the rapid strides of civilization ... steering clear of caricature ..."--Preface.
"Of the twelve published plates, seven are representations of figures from the masquerades that the formerly enslaved performed in Jamaica during the annual Christmas and New Year's holidays, and four depict examples of different occupations commonly seen in the streets of Kingston ..."--Barringer.
"Printed by J.R. De Cordova, at the Gleaner's Office, no. 36, Harbour-Street."--Wrappers.
Plates printed by Adolphe Duperly.
"Notice. Subscribers are respectfully informed, the work will appear every alternate month, and be complete in twelve numbers."--Slip, tipped in with part 1. It appears that only three parts were completed. Parts 2 and 3 have printed wrappers dated 1838.
"Price, to subscribers, £1.6.8, to non-subscribers, £1.13.4, per number colored."--Wrappers.
Abbey, J.R. Travel, 685.
Colas, R. Costume, 279
Bibliotheca jamaicensis, 294
Black Victorians: Black people in British art 1800-1900, p.32-33
Barringer, T.J. Art and emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his worlds, p. 65-87, 196-260, 424-441
Includes a list of subscribers, issued with part 1.
BAC: British Art Center copy in original parts, in brown printed wrappers. Lithographs are hand-colored. The British Art Center copy is reproduced in Art and emancipation in Jamaica.
Queen or "Maam" of the set-girls -- Red set-girls, and Jack-in-the-green -- Jaw-bone, or House John-Canoe -- Band of the Jaw-Bone John-Canoe -- Koo, Koo, or Actor-boy -- Koo, Koo, or Actor-boy -- French set-girls -- Lovey -- Water-jar sellers -- Milkwoman -- Chimneysweeper -- Creole negroes.
Exhibition History:
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Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-09-27 - 2007-12-30)

Subject Terms:
Blacks -- Jamaica.
Costume -- Jamaica -- History -- Pictorial works.
Jamaica -- In art.
Jamaica -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.
Jonkonnu (Festival)
Masquerades -- Jamaica.
Subscribers' lists.
Duperly, Adolphe, 1801-1864, printer of plates.
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