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Description found in Archives
March 4, 1833
Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 18.300 x 11.100 cm (sheet)
Inventory no.: 000689
Scope and content
See the exhibition catalogue, "Friendly Spies on the Northern Tour..." (Ottawa, National Archives of Can, 1981) for further information on Martin.
Watercolours and drawings recording Henry Byam Martin's sojourn in North America from September 1832 to June 1833. He landed in New York, travelled via the Hudson River and Erie Canal to Niagara Falls, then proceeded to Toronto, Kingston, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City. From Québec he returned to New York, and then travelled to Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, South Carolina, Alabama, and then to New Orleans. He returned up the Mississippi River via Memphis, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and then embarked at New York to return to England.
Many important subjects, including methods of transport, the slave trade, and the Southern Secessionist Convention in 1833 are included in the watercolours. The collection also important for its depiction of costumes, particularly American and for its commentary on the American manners and customs.
Conditions of access
Copy negative C-115001
A131-02 Item no. assigned by LAC 42
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1981-42-42 Source: Dr. Nigel Davies, Gelati, Mexico.
Artist: Martin, Henry Byam, 1804-1865.
Availability of other formats note
Exhibition title: Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South. Curators: Kym S. Rice, The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia; 1991.05.21 - 1992.01.08.
Exhibition title: The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada. Curators: Momryk, Myron, Library and Archives Canada , Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.02.12 - 2001.05.27.
Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: Insribed recto: in pencil, l.l. "Nigger Selling"; in pen and brown ink, bottom, "Charleston S.C. 4th March 1833 'The land of the free & home of the braves'".
1. Charleston, S. Carolina.
3. SUBJ. - Other : Depicting Slave Market in South Carolina - 1833.
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