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'Bance Island, River Sierra Leone, Coast of Africa'

Michael Graham-Stewart collection

Object connections:

Collection Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleMaker: Corry, Joseph
EventsEstablishment of Freetown, 1792

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2744
Description The original watercolour for the coloured aquatint published in Corry's 'Observations upon the Windward coast of Africa' (London 1807). Bance Island was once the property of the Royal African Company, lying 15 miles up stream of the mouth of the Sierra Leone River. In 1749 it was acquired by a group of London merchants. 'They rehabilitated the fort, built dwellings for local factors and slave pens; eventually they constructed Africa's first golf course in the 1770s, making the island, so far as visiting merchants and captains were concerned, the most agreeable spot for slave trading on the coast. One visitor described the sportsmen dressed in whites, attended by African caddies in tartan loincloths; golf was, he declared, 'very pretty exercise', after which they would repair to a meal of roast ape, antelope or boar washed down with Madeira wine'. (Blackburn, 'The Making of New World Slaver', p.389). Approximately 13,000 slaves were dispatched to the Americas from here between 1748-84. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.
Date made circa 1805

Artist/Maker Corry, Joseph
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials watercolour
Measurements sheet: 355 mm x 505 mm
  • 'Bance Island, River Sierra Leone, Coast of Africa' (ZBA2744)
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