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Print made by Agostino Brunias, 1728–1796
after Agostino Brunias, 1728–1796

A Cudgelling Match between English and French Negroes in the Island of Dominica

Materials & Techniques:
Stipple engraving and etching with hand coloring on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Sheet: 11 5/8 × 13 7/8 inches (29.5 × 35.3 cm), Image: 8 15/16 × 12 3/4 inches (22.7 × 32.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower right: "(PM 6206)"

Lettered in black ink, lower center: [coat of arms, "TRIA JUNCTA IN UNO" lettered within center oval, "MALO MORI QUAM FOEDARI" lettered within banners] | "THIS PLATE (representing a CUDGELLING MATCH between ENGLISH and FRENCH NEGROES in the | Island of Domenica,) is humbly dedicated to Sir Ralph Payne, KNIGHT of the most | HONORABLE ORDER of the BATH. by his most Obedient and devoted Servant, | A,, Brunias. | London. Published 15 Feby,, 1779, by the Proprietor, N. Broad Street, Soho."; lower right: "A,, Brunias, Pinxt,, et Sculpt,,"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
audience | boys | Caribbean | child | clubs (weapons) | costume | cudgels | fighting | French | genre subject | hut | jewelry | landscape | men | natives | necklace | patterns (design elements) | sashes (costume accessories) | shirts | stripes | thatched roof | thatching | torn | trees | turbans | viewers | West Indies | women
Associated Places:
Dominica | North and Central America
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IIIF Manifest:

Caribbean - Crossroads of the World (El Museo del Barrio, 2012-06-12 - 2013-01-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Romantic Print in Britain - Yale Center for British Art (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2004-02-14 - 2004-05-09) [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. 127, fig. 34, 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, p. 30, fig. 2.3, N8243 S576 B37 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sarah Murden, 18th Century Cudgelling Matches, , All Things Georgian, Januray 18, 2018, https://georgianera.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/18th-century-cudgelling-matches/ [Website]

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