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    Envisaging a future for slavery: Agostino Brunias and the imperial politics of labor and reproduction

    Thomas, Sarah (2018) Envisaging a future for slavery: Agostino Brunias and the imperial politics of labor and reproduction. Eighteenth-Century Studies 52 (1), pp. 115-133. ISSN 0013-2586.

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    The paintings and prints of Agostino Brunias (1730-1796) served not only to visualise some of the British Empire’s newest colonies following the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War, but also to encourage settlement by presenting a utopian vision of slave societies that were content, wealthy and, most importantly, self-sustaining. This paper argues that Brunias’s imagery contributed to the ameliorationist rhetoric that accompanied the rise of abolitionism in Britain. By avoiding scenes of plantation labor, discipline and punishment, and emphasising instead the refinement, robust health and fertility of slaves and free people of color, it purported to confirm that amelioration could safeguard slavery’s future.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © 2018 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. This article first appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Volume 52, Issue 1, Fall, 2018, pages 115 to 133.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Agostino Brunias, slavery in art, amelioration, Ceded Islands, slaves and reproduction
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Thomas
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 09:45
    Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 04:47


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