The Portuguese slaver Diligenté captured by H.M. Sloop Pearl with 600 slaves on board, taken in charge to Nassau

Image for The Portuguese slaver Diligenté captured by H.M. Sloop Pearl with 600 slaves on board, taken in charge to Nassau
Created by
Lieutenant Hawker, Henry Samuel, English, 1816 - 1889
Medium
watercolor on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W: 11 3/8 x 17 1/8 in. (28.9 x 43.5 cm)
Type
watercolors
Place depicted
Jamaica, Caribbean
Portugal, Europe
Date
May 1838
Caption
The slave ship Diligente was engaged in the illegal slave trade when it was seized in 1838. A lieutenant in the British Royal Navy painted this scene from the ship. He captured the trauma of the Middle Passage in images of malnutrition and overcrowding.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
Description
A watercolor painting of a slave ship showing five crew members with multiple enslaved persons crowded on the weather deck. A Portuguese flag flies from the ship and the sketched outline of another ship is visible in the background.
Topic
African American
Africa
Art
Law
Military
Slavery
Trans Atlantic slave trade
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2010.21.2ab
Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Visual Arts
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture