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Carting And Putting Sugar-hogsheads On Board, Antigua

Carting And Putting Sugar-hogsheads On Board, Antigua

Artist: Clark, William

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: 1786.c.9

Item number: Page 10

Genre: Topographical Print

This is an aquatint illustration of Willoughby Bay in Antigua. It has been taken from a work by William Clark in which he depicts and describes the various processes involved in sugar cultivation in the early nineteenth century. Blocks of sugar were packed into large wooden barrels known as hogsheads. Each hogshead would weigh between 800 and 1500 pounds. There were no wharves on the island at this time so boats were rowed to the shore where the hogsheads would be rolled onto them down a ramp. A brick built hut can be seen to the left of the picture. This would have served as a storehouse for plantations that were some distance from the coast.

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