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Imaging Imperialism. Part I: Images of Colonial Jamaica. Tim Barringer , Gillian Forester, and Barbara Martinez-Ruiz, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007). 1655: Britain seizes Jamaica from Spain.

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part i images of colonial jamaica

Part I: Images of Colonial Jamaica

Tim Barringer, Gillian Forester, and Barbara Martinez-Ruiz, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007)

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George Robertson, The Spring Head of Roaring River, 1775

Robertson’s patron: William Beckford of Somerley

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Claude Lorrain, Landscape with Dancing Figures, 1648

Salvator Rosa, Landscape with Travelers Asking the Way, c. 1641

Term: picturesque

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William Gilpin, Scene without picturesque adornment, ca. 1792

William Gilpin, Scene with picturesque adornment, ca. 1792

Images from: William Gilpin, Three Essays: On Picturesque Beauty, On Picturesque Travel, and On Sketching Landscape (1792)

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The Old Montpelier Estate

Montego Bay

From James Hakewill, A Picturesque Tour of the Island of Jamaica from Drawings Made in the Years 1820 and 1821, published in 1824

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AdolpheDuperly, The Attack of the Rebels on Montpelier Old Works Estate, 1833

Terms: Christmas Rebellion or Baptist War, 1831; Emancipation Act, 1833

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AdolpheDuperly, A View of Montego-Bay, Taken from Reading Hill, The Rebels Destroying the Road and Reading Wharf in Flames, 1833

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1840s: Tahiti becomes a French protectorate

1880: Tahiti becomes a French colony

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Universal Exposition, Paris, 1889

Palais des machines, Universal Exposition, Paris 1889

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Gauguin imagining Tahiti in 1889: “With the money I’ll have, I can buy a native hut, like the ones you saw at the Universal Exposition. Made of wood and clay, thatched over (near a town, yet in the country). That costs next to nothing … I’ll go out there and live withdrawn from the so-called civilized world and frequent only so-called savages.”

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Gauguin describing Tahiti: “Such a beautiful night it is. Thousands of persons are doing the same as I do this night; abandoning themselves to sheer living … The Tahitian soil is becoming quite French, and the old order is gradually disappearing. Our missionaries have already introduced a good deal of Protestant hypocrisy and are destroying a part of the country, not to mention the pox which has attacked the whole race ...” (Gauguin, letter to his wife Mette, 1891)

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Paul Gauguin, Vahine no te Tiare - - Woman with a Flower, Tahiti, 1891

Gauguin, Siesta, Tahiti, c. 1893