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Exterior Of The Boiling House, Antigua

Exterior Of The Boiling House, Antigua

Artist: Clark, William

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: 1786.c.9

Item number: Page 7

Genre: Topographical Print

This aquatint by William clark is an illustration of the exterior of the boiling house on Weatherill's estate, a sugar plantation on the island of Antigua. Sugar cane harvesting took place during just a few months of the year and because all the refining processes had to be carefully synchronised, fires were burnt throughout the night to ensure that none of the harvest was wasted. The boiling houses were situated close to the mills so that the juices from the canes could be transported quickly and easily to the coppers. The windmill on Weatherill's estate can be seen in the background of the painting, just behind the boiling house.

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