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  • W. Pyott’s print is based on a painting (now in the Nordic Museum, Sweden) by Carl Frederik von Breda, which was exhibited in 1789 at the Royal Academy in London with the title "Portrait of a Swedish Gentleman instructing a Negro Prince". Von Breda’s portrait depicts the Swedish abolitionist Carl Bernhard Wadström with Peter Panah, son of the king of Cape Mesurado (in present-day Liberia). Panah was kidnapped in Africa and taken to the West Indies and then to London, where Wadström purchased his freedom. Pyott’s print converts von Breda’s portrait into an abolitionist genre scene. Wadström is here transformed into a white planter, and Panah into a freed African laborer—who is nonetheless still defined in the print’s title as the planter’s possession. Like Wadström, who also was responsible for the adapted "Plan and Sections of a Slave Ship" displayed nearby, Von Breda was an abolitionist. In the nine years that he lived and worked in England (from 1787 to 1796), Von Breda painted and exhibited the portraits of a number of other prominent abolitionists, including James Ramsay, Thomas Clarkson, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
  • W. Pyott’s print is based on a painting (now in the Nordic Museum, Sweden) by Carl Frederik von Breda, which was exhibited in 1789 at the Royal Academy in London with the title "Portrait of a Swedish Gentleman instructing a Negro Prince". Von Breda’s portrait depicts the Swedish abolitionist Carl Bernhard Wadström with Peter Panah, son of the king of Cape Mesurado (in present-day Liberia). Panah was kidnapped in Africa and taken to the West Indies and then to London, where Wadström purchased his freedom. Pyott’s print converts von Breda’s portrait into an abolitionist genre scene. Wadström is here transformed into a white planter, and Panah into a freed African laborer—who is nonetheless still defined in the print’s title as the planter’s possession. Like Wadström, who also was responsible for the adapted "Plan and Sections of a Slave Ship" displayed nearby, Von Breda was an abolitionist. In the nine years that he lived and worked in England (from 1787 to 1796), Von Breda painted and exhibited the portraits of a number of other prominent abolitionists, including James Ramsay, Thomas Clarkson, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. --This text served as the label to this object in Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain, an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art that was curated by Esther Chadwick, Meredith Gamer, and Cyra Levenson, which was on view from October 2, 2014 until December 14, 2014.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Adrienne L. Childs, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary, London; Winter Park, FL, 2017, p. 51, pl. 6, N8232 +C59 2017 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Adrienne L. Childs, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary, London; Winter Park, FL, 2017, p. 51, pl. 6, N8232 +C59 2017 Oversize (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Figures of empire : slavery and portraiture in eighteenth-century Atlantic Britain, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and curated by Esther Chadwick and Meredith Gamer, PhD candidates in the History of Art at Yale University and Cyra Levenson,, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 23-24, 42, fig. 7, V 2556 (YCBA)
  • Dimension depth :: 2.5cm
  • Dimension height :: 40.0cm
  • Dimension height :: 43.0cm
  • Dimension height :: 48.9cm
  • Dimension height :: 61.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 30.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 30.2cm
  • Dimension width :: 37.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 50.8cm
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 223B, C 99, Sh-10
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: intaglio print
  • Subject Concept :: book
  • Subject Concept :: emancipation
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: hut
  • Subject Concept :: jewelry
  • Subject Concept :: map
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: palm trees
  • Subject Concept :: portrait
  • Subject Concept :: slave
  • Subject Concept :: slavery
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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  • The Benevolent Effects of Abolishing Slavery or the Planter instructing his Negro
  • The Benevolent Effects of Abolishing Slavery, or the Planter instructing his Negro
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