Introduction
in Colouring the Caribbean
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers how the artist's pictures of Carib Indians visually reinforced the insistent, and argues largely imagined distinction between so-called 'Red' and 'Black' Caribs made by British colonialists. It explores the role of the artist's paintings in reifying notions of race in the British colonial Caribbean and also considers how the artist's images reflected and refracted ideas about race, which commonly held by Britons during the long eighteenth century. The book analyses the imaging of Africans and Afro-Creoles in British colonial art. It also analyses Agostino Brunias's adaptation of models from canonical Western art and eighteenth-century popular visual culture, to consider the artist's compositional and conceptual inventiveness. The book looks at the significance of the artist's portrayal of presumably enslaved black people typically engaged in episodes of entrepreneurialism, leisure, or merrymaking.

Colouring the Caribbean

Race and the art of Agostino Brunias

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