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Print made by Louis Charles Ruotte, 1754–ca. 1806
after Agostino Brunias, 1728–1796
Published by François Jules Gabriel Depeuille, active 1783–1798
The West India Flower Girl
Materials & Techniques:
Stipple engraving and etching with hand coloring on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 1/4 × 9 7/16 inches (31.1 × 24 cm), Image: 8 13/16 × 7 inches (22.4 × 17.8 cm)

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "A,, Brunias pinxit."; lower center: [coat of arms] | "THE WEST INDIA FLOWER GIRL. LA BOUQUETIÉRE DES INDES OCCIDENTAL. | This Plate is dedicated to Sir Patk,, Blake, Bart,, | by his most Obliged and devoted Servt,, | A. Brunias. | A Paris, chez Depeuille rue St,, Denis, la Boutique attenant St,, Jacques, l'hopital, No,, 416, & au Palais Royal, au Pavillon."; lower right: "L,, G,, Ruotte direxit."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
barrel (container) | bows (costume accessories) | breeches (trousers) | buildings | Caribbean | choker | cityscape | coat | costume | dresses | earrings | flounces | flowers (plants) | genre subject | handkerchiefs | hats | jewelry | labor | lace | men | natives | patterns (design elements) | plaid | plate (dish) | road | servant | smell | street | stripes | town | turbans | veils | village | women | working
Associated Places:
West Indies
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IIIF Manifest:

The Black Figure in the European Imaginary (Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 2017-01-20 - 2017-05-15) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions: Hero, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-01-23 - 2003-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Mia L. Bagneris, Colouring the Caribbean : Race and the Art of Agostino Brunias, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2018, p. 228, fig. 65, NJ18.B84652 B34 2018 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Timothy J. Barringer, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2007, pp. 458-59, no. 163, N8243 S576 B37 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Adrienne L. Childs, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary, London; Winter Park, FL, 2017, p. 52, pl. 7, N8232 +C59 2017 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Cooper, Imperial Balls : The Arts of Sex, War, and Dancing in India, England, and the Caribbean, 1770-1870 [PhD Dissertation, Yale University ], New Haven, CT, 2015, p. 133-34, fig. 3.13, Available Online : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

Harry Newman, The Home Front : The West India Flower Girl, Christian Science Monitor, 38, , August 26, 1946, p. 10, Avaialble Online : Proquest Historical Newspapers Also Available on microfilm : Film An C463 (SML [ORBIS]

Stephanie Lugdiwine Ovide, La Fille de Couler: Styles and Perceptions of Women's Fashion in Guadalupe and Martinique from the 1848 Abolition of Slavery to 1930 [ Master's Thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York ], Fashion Institute of Technology., State Universty of New York, New York, 1997, pp. 7, 15, 36, 67, 72, 80, fig. 9, Available online: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

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