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The Mill Yard, Antigua

The Mill Yard, Antigua

Artist: Clark, William

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: 1786.c.9

Item number: Page 5

Genre: Topographical Print

This print depicts sugar cane being delivered to a windmill on an Antiguan plantation in the early 19th century and is by William Clark. This particular plantation was owned by the Gambles family and was situated near the town of St John's. Mills on sugar plantations could be powered by water or wind but mills driven by animals were the most common. The freshly cut cane would be fed between heavy rollers by 2 slaves working opposite each other. This process extracted the juice which was then piped to a nearby boiling house. It was a dangerous job as the slaves could be dragged between the rollers and crushed to death. The plantation owner and his overseer can be seen on the left side of the picture.

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