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Negro Dance

Negro Dance

Artist: Bridgens, Richard

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1836

Shelfmark: 789.g.13

Item number: Plate 22

Length: 26.7

Width: 37.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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This illustration of enslaved men and women dancing was drawn by Richard Bridgens for his book 'West Indian Scenery.' Singing, dancing and playing musical instruments were important ways for the slaves to express their cultural traditions and demonstrate that these traditions had survived the forced move to the Caribbean - although there would have been few opportunities for relaxation and entertainment.

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