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Interior Of The Distillery, Antigua

Interior Of The Distillery, Antigua

Artist: Clark, William

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: 1786.c.9

Item number: Page 9

Genre: Topographical Print

This aquatint by William Clark is an illustration of the interior of the distillery on Delap's sugar plantation in Antigua in the early 19th century. Rum was the staple liquor in the Caribbean at this time and was made by distilling fermented water and molasses & the syrup that remains after sugar cane juice has been boiled and the crystallised sugar extracted. Because the molasses were a by-product of the sugar cultivation process, plantation owners were able to make a good profit from their distilleries.

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