Exhibitions/ Art Object

Traite des Nègres (The Slave Trade)

Designed by Frédéric Etienne Joseph Feldtrappe (1786–1849)
After a painting by George Morland (British, London 1763–1804 London)
After an engraving by John Raphael Smith (British, baptized Derby 1751–1812 Doncaster) after G. Morland, published in London in 1791
early 19th century
French, Alsace
Cotton, roller printed
101 × 33 in. (256.5 × 83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
Not on view
Frederic Feldtrappe produced this textile in the early nineteenth century during a moment of intense debate in France over the viability and morality of the slave trade. Of the four narrative scenes, two reference earlier paintings by English artist George Moreland and contrast the brutality of European slave traders with the kindness of Africans who minister to a shipwrecked European family. The other two scenes, based on engravings by Frenchman Nicolas Colibert, juxtapose a happy African family with the appearance of European traders in Africa. Their cache of trade goods (including textiles) ominously foreshadows the horrors of the traffic in human beings.
Signature: Feldrappe

Inscription: Feldrrappe
Frances Morris
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