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Agostino Brunias, 1728–1796
Free West Indian Dominicans
Former Title(s):
Free Natives of Dominica [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]
ca. 1770
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (31.8 x 24.8 cm), Frame: 17 1/8 × 14 1/8 × 2 1/4 inches (43.5 × 35.9 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
conversation piece | costume | freedom | group portrait | landscape | man | portrait | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Historias Afro-Atlanticas (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, 2018-06-28 - 2018-10-21) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Interwoven Globe - Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-09-10 - 2014-01-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Amanda Michaela Bagneris, Coloring the Caribbean : Agostino Brunias and the Painting of Race in the British West Indes, 1765-1800 [PhD Dissertation, Harvard University], Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009, p.19, available online via Proquest [ORBIS]

Mia L. Bagneris, Agostino Brunias : Capturing the Carribean [sic] (c. 1770-1800), , Robilant + Voena, London, UK, 2010, pp. 26, 28, fig. 11, NJ18 B84652 +B34 2010 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mia L. Bagneris, Colouring the Caribbean : Race and the Art of Agostino Brunias, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2018, p. 95, fig. 18, NJ18.B84652 B34 2018 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Bindman, The Image of the Black in Western Art : From the " Age of Discovery" to the Age of Abolition, , vol. 3, part 3, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2010, pp. 274, 276, fig. 266, N8217.B535 I42 2010+ (YCBA) Citations are to Vol. 3, Part 3 [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 44-45, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Diana De Marly, Dress in North America, 1, Holmes and Meier, New York, New York, 1990, p.116, GT603 D4 1990 LC (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yvonne Eileen Fabella, Inventing the Creole Citizen : Race, Sexuality, and the Colonial Order in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue [PhD Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook ], Stony Brook, New York, 2008, pp.236 - 40, Available online: Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

Emelie Gevalt, Unnamed figures: black presence and absence in the Early American North, American Folk Art Museum, New York, 2023, pp. 268, fig. 84, N8217.B535 U66 2023 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Amelia Peck, Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, 2013, p.286, NK8806 +.I58 2013 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard J. Powell, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture, , University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008, pp. 42-43, fig. 13, NX652 A37 P69 2008 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Beth Fowkes Tobin, Picturing Imperial Power : Colonial Subjects in Eighteenth Century British Painting, Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 1999, p.139, 154, ND466 759 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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