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An Enslaved Man in a Harbour

c. 1650
The work offers a distant reflection of the slave trade. The ship and its crew are European, the merchants Turks or Arabs – the details stock references. The peddler-slave, together with the still-life at his feet, drew the artist’s attention; he likely relied upon a life study for the man. The pair to this canvas shows a young slave with a dog and parrot. For their privileged owner, the two works contrasted commerce and leisure.
Artist
Title
An Enslaved Man in a Harbour
Date
c. 1650
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
181.8 x 91.8 cm
Nationality
Flemish
Credit line
Purchased 1914
Accession number
823